shield laws

Definition of "shield laws"
  1. State laws that protect journalists from having to reveal their sources or notes in court, helping them gather news without fear of being forced to break confidentiality
How to use "shield laws" in a sentence
  1. Thanks to the shield laws, the reporter could confidently protect the identity of her source.
  2. When moving the publication to a state without shield laws, the editor had to reconsider their guidelines on source confidentiality.
  3. Facing a subpoena, the journalist relied on the shield laws to refuse disclosing his sources.

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