What is the H.R. 2102: Free Flow of Information Act of 2007?
This bill shields journalists from having to reveal information or sources of information discovered during news gathering or news reporting. However, in its original introduction, it empowers Federal judges the ability to declare certain news stories as having a public interest based on information that may have been obtained from otherwise confidential sources (including interviews, conversations, and documents) while the reporter was gathering news.
It is important to remember that this proposed bill is not intended to provide protection to non-professional journalists and writers. For example, amateur Internet bloggers would have no protection under this bill to refuse to reveal sources of information.
Date Introduced: May 7, 2007
Status of H.R. 2102: Free Flow of Information Act of 2007: This Bill was passed by the House October 16, 2007. The bill will be voted on in the Senate next. This bill is identical to S. 1267: Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 introduced May 2, 2007 by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN).
Similar Bills: S. 2035: Free Flow of Information Act of 2007; Introduced by Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) (with 16 cosponsors) on September 10, 2007, and was scheduled for debate October 22, 2007.
Sponsors: Rep. Frederick Boucher (D-VA) Cosponsors (71)
The Bush administration has not supported this bill; however, more than fifty news media companies support this bill.
Media Companies and Organizations Supporting H.R. 2102: Free Flow of Information Act of 2007
ABC Inc.; Advance Publications, Inc.; Allbritton Communications Company; American Society of Magazine Editors; American Society of Newspaper Editors; The Associated Press; The Associated Press Managing Editors Association; Association of Alternative Newsweeklies; Association of American Publishers; Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors; Belo Corp.; Bloomberg News; CBS; Clear Channel; CNN; Coalition of Journalists for Open Government; The Copley Press, Inc.; Court TV; Cox Television; Cox Newspapers; Cox Enterprises, Inc; Daily News, L.P; First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, Inc.; Freedom Communications, Inc.; Gannett Co., Inc.; Gray Television; Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc.; Hearst Corporation; Magazine Publishers of America; The McClatchy Company; The McGraw-Hill Companies; Media Law Resource Center; National Association of Broadcasters; National Federation of Press Women; The National Geographic Society; National Newspaper Association; National Press Club; National Press Photographers Association; National Public Radio; NBC Universal; News Corporation; Newspaper Association of America; The Newspaper Guild-CWA; Newsweek; The New York Times Company; North Jersey Media Group Inc.; Online News Association; Radio-Television News Directors Association; Raycom Media, Inc.; The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Reuters America LLC; E. W. Scripps; Society of Professional Journalists; Time Inc.; Time Warner, Tribune Company; The Walt Disney Company; The Washington Post; U.S. News & World Report.
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