WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to yesterday's passage by the House Judiciary Committee of H.R.4330 - Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying Act (PRESS Act), which would establish protections for journalists at the federal level regarding the revelation of their confidential sources except in defined circumstances such as threats to national security, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt:
“NAB applauds the House Judiciary Committee for its bipartisan passage of the PRESS Act, legislation that will protect journalists’ right to legally, openly and fearlessly report the news. Embracing the right of a free press to report the news without fear or favor, journalists rely on confidential sources to shine a light on wrongdoing in government, expose waste of taxpayers’ dollars and hold our elected officials accountable. Broadcasters appreciate the leadership of Reps. Raskin, Lieu and Yarmuth on this important issue, and Sen. Wyden's sponsorship of companion legislation in the Senate. We look forward to working with all members of Congress to pass this important legislation that upholds a guiding principle of American democracy."
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