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Reporter 'shield law' gets support from President Obama

12:01 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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David Jackson, USA TODAY

President Obama, under fire from civil libertarians for the seizure of reporters' telephone records, is endorsing a federal shield law for reporters, aides said Wednesday.

"The president has long supported media shield legislation," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

Journalists associations have criticized the Obama administration for the Justice Department seizure of phone records for reporters and editors at the Associated Press, part of an investigation into national security news leaks.

Carney said neither he nor Obama can comment on the AP case because it is part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation.

A proposal by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., mirrors many state laws that say reporters do not have to disclose the names of confidential sources, or their means of communicating with them.

Various plans would allow the government to seek exceptions to the shield law in cases involving national security. That is the claim Justice Department lawyers have made in the investigation involving the Associated Press records.

USA TODAY

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