The single-best resource on journalists’ shield laws

Yesterday’s jailing of New York Times reporter Judith Miller for refusing to disclose her sources heightens national attention on reporters’ shield laws. For anyone wanting to learn more about reporters, subpoenas and shield laws, there is no better resource on the Web than The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Its special section, Reporters and Federal Subpoenas, provides in-depth and frequently updated coverage of efforts to enact a federal shield law as well as of ongoing legal controversies involving reporters’ subpoenas. A separate section, The Reporter’s Privilege, is a detailed examination, written in 2002, of the law regarding the reporter’s privilege in every state and federal circuit. It provides statutes and cases and discusses both substantive and procedural issues.