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Proposed Reporters' Shield Law Overdue But Underpowered

Publication Date: 
October 09, 2007
Jennifer Granick

Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the Center for Internet and Society Lauren Gelman is referenced in this article by Jennifer Granick of the Electronic Frontier Foundation about confidentiality rights of journalists and the "Free Flow of Information Act," a "law that would allow journalists to refuse to disclose their confidential sources without facing the threat of fines or jail time:"


Apple's initial briefs suggested that they would be challenging whether bloggers were entitled to invoke the same rights as "real" journalists. My former employer, Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, under the auspices of attorney Lauren Gelman, filed an amicus brief on behalf of a number of prominent online journalists and writers arguing that the privilege should not depend on whether one publishes online or offline, or is employed by a media company, but on whether the writer communicated with the source for the purpose of collecting and reporting news.