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Newseum panel debates federal reporter's shield law

(09/18/13 4:38pm)

Reporters and media lawyers seemed optimistic about the proposed legislation that would establish a media shield law during a panel at the Newseum in Washington on Wednesday. "I've got a better feeling now than I've ever had,” said Kevin Goldberg, legal counsel to the American Society of News Editors, even though the bill still faces major obstacles in Congress. New York Times correspondent Charlie Savage was less optimistic, saying he was skeptical any form of the bill would pass. The bill, known as the 2013 Free Flow of Information Act, passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee last week.