160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This country is justifiably proud of its press freedoms, but on one count – a federal shield law for reporters – an important guarantee is missing. ? Example A is the BALCO (Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative) case. Two (San Francisco) Chronicle reporters cited secret federal grand jury testimony to detail a world of drug use that taints baseball. Within months, the sport began a crackdown on the problem, a step that likely would never have happened had the steroid story remained secret. But the reporters faced prison time for refusing to name their source when (federal) prosecutors demanded their sources. ? It’s not an isolated case. The Newspaper Association of America found more than 40 reporters and media outlets were challenged in federal court to produce confidential material. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City? (A shield) measure (now before the Senate Judiciary Committee) would oblige reporters to reveal a source in the name of national security or imminent danger, two acceptable exceptions. ? The shield measures would ? recognize (that) confidential sources are essential to reporting the news – and protecting the public’s right to know. – San Francisco Chronicle
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