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The Society of Professional Journalists seeks to maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press and to encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.
Below, find resources for journalists and the public on issues involving access to government records and activities and freedom of information education.
Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia provide journalists with a reporters privilege, protecting them if a state government seeks to make him or her reveal confidential information, including the identity of a source. Some states have statutes, known as shield laws, and some provide the protection through case law.
There is absolutely no protection at the federal level. Its time to pass a federal shield law.
For more information including facts, a FAQ, editorials and how you can help us raise the shield and to find out how you can help, please visit our shield law page.
The Society's Legal Defense Fund provides journalists with legal or direct financial assistance. The Society of Professional Journalists collects and distributes contributions for aiding journalists in defending the freedom of speech and press guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution