Thursday, April 10, 2008

More Reporters being subpoenaed


Federal subpoenas demanding confidential information from journalists are more widespread than they were five years ago and aren't limited to cases involving national security, according to the author of a soon-to-be-released survey of major television stations and daily newspapers.

The study offers the first independent tally of media subpoenas, a figure that proponents and opponents of a federal shield law for journalists have argued about for years. Although a peer-reviewed academic summary of the study probably won't be released until next fall, its author, University of Arizona law professor RonNell Andersen Jones, says now is the time to talk about it.