Subpoena of AP Records Revives Media Shield Bill

May 16, 2013

The controversy over the government's secret subpoena of Associated Press telephone records has revived legislation that would protect journalists from having to reveal their sources to federal investigators, and the White House is endorsing the idea.

The proposal wouldn't provide blanket protection for a journalist from having to reveal who he or she spoke to confidentially. But the government would have to convince a federal judge that the confidential source had compromised national security in speaking to the journalist.

President Barack Obama told reporters on Thursday that now is a good time to revisit the so-called shield bill.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York says he'll reintroduce the media shield bill he had pursued unsuccessfully four years ago.

Story source: AP