Media shield law
praised by Leahy
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s senior U.S. senator said it’s good news that legislation to create a federal media shield law has cleared a key hurdle.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Thursday’s approval by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which he chairs, could provide new security for journalists trying to protect their confidential sources.
Leahy noted that his parents ran a printing business and said he’s been a long-time supporter of First Amendment rights.
The bill would establish protections for journalists who use confidential sources to find out what various government agencies are doing.
The action comes months after it was revealed the Justice Department had secretly tracked the newsgathering activities of 21 reporters and editors at The Associated Press and a journalist at Fox News.MORE IN Vermont NewsCOLCHESTER — A bunch of kids in a minivan are solving twin challenges in northern Vermont:... Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY:
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Rutland Herald content editor Rich Alcott shares local weather information and easily digestible news tidbits.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Dresden firebombing helped bring Nazis to knees, killed at least 25,000 civilians, men, women, children, dogs, cats; Veena in Sitka, BIG NEWS FLASH! Old guys get grumpy with age.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Update on Center Alley project, review of opiate talk evening at the library and aldermen want kids to wear helmets while riding bikes around town.
- TODAY'S WEATHER MINUTE: Flood watch in effect for Rutland County, developing El Nino shaping up to be extreme this year, Don DeLillo on the season's warming trend and Veena catches digital sniffles, all in today's minute.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Dramatic river rescue in Southern Vermont, Castleton moving ahead on sale of old town office building, Passover celebrated in Woodstock.