Shield law counterpoint: ‘I opposed the federal shield then, and I oppose it now’
Like any complicated issue, the proposed shield law has its pros and cons, and not every journalist agrees it’s the best approach to protecting press rights. The Society of Professional Journalists supports transparency and encourages a robust discussion to bring the best ideas to light. Mac McKerral, former SPJ president and an associate professor of journalism at Western Kentucky University, has opposed a federal shield for a decade and explains why in this column. Members are encouraged to continue the discussion, and from this discussion we can all be better informed and heard.
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