Shielding Sources: Safeguarding the Public’s Right to Know

Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules
Subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules
Hearing Date: July 24, 2018 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To discuss H.R. 4382, the Free Flow of Information Act, a shield law that conditions the federally compelled disclosure of information by journalists.
BACKGROUND:
  • In November 2017, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) introduced the Free Flow of Information Act to protect the exercise of freely reporting critical information to the American public by establishing federal protection from compulsory disclosures for journalists.
  • Most states have enacted laws to shield journalists from being compelled to reveal their confidential sources. However, this patchwork of protection at the state level does not fully protect journalists as the federal government increasingly seeks to seize records belonging to journalists.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Lee Levine Senior Counsel Ballad Spahr, LLP Document
Sharyl Attkisson Investigative Correspondent FullMeasure Document
Rick Blum Policy Director Reporters' Committee for Freedom of the Press Document