Free Flow of Information Act

Free Flow of Information Act: how problematic?

Last week the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Free Flow of Information Act, which prohibits a federal entity from compelling certain ‘covered parties’ to testify or reveal confidential information and sources.

It grants privilege for ‘covered parties’, with a very controversial exception for cases deemed to be critical to national security. It amounts to a federal media shield law similar to laws already adopted by 49 states. I’m joined by media analyst, Tracie Powell, to discuss what good and what bad this law might do for reporting in the U.S.


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