What would a federal media shield law do for the press?

The White House is now pushing for a media shield law that would protect journalists’ sources following the revelations that the Department of Justice subpoenaed phone records from the Associated Press.

Such legislation would protect journalists’ sources such as the person who leaked information about an anti-terrorism sting operation that led to the AP story that the DOJ was seeking information on.

White House officials have reached out to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to submit a bill similar to one he proposed in 2009, but there are questions whether or not such a bill would even address the situation regarding the AP because it contained an exemption when national security issues are at stake.

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Mary-Rose Papandrea, a professor at Boston College Law School where she specializes in both free speech and national security, to discuss the story.

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Carmen is a multimedia journalist based in Washington, DC whose work has appeared in a variety of outlets including National Geographic, NBC News, the BBC, Asia! Magazine, The China Post, Chicago Tribune and Orlando Sentinel.