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Deal reached on 'media shield' bill

October 31, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The White House, key senators and media representatives have reached a compromise on legislation to protect reporters from being forced to disclose their confidential sources in federal court.

Senate supporters of the so-called media shield bill said the deal gives the government authority to override those rights in certain national security cases.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the agreement "strikes the right balance between national security concerns and the public's right to know."

He said it would preserve a strong defense for reporters trying to protect sources while making sure the government can do its job of protecting citizens.

The Senate Judiciary Committee could take up the altered legislation next week.

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