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(Wyo)-Wyo Broadcasters Want Reporter Shield Law

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/06/2019 08:47 PM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Association of Broadcasters says it will push state lawmakers to pass a media shield law. Wyoming is the only U.S. state without legal protections for journalists who refuse to provide the names of confidential sources to law enforcement officers.
     Broadcasters lobbyist Laura Grott says Wyoming lacks a shield law not because of opposition but lack of effort by Wyoming media - primarily newspapers.

      In fact, the Wyoming Press Association has largely resisted a media shield law, arguing that existing First Amendment protections are enough for the press and their sources.

     Shield laws can encourage whistleblowers to report wrongdoing without fear of retaliation, leading the broadcasters group to unveiled its proposal at a recent meeting of the Legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee.


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