Raise the shield! Contact your U.S. senator today!

We’ve never been closer to getting a federal shield law to protect journalists from abusive government power. But we all must act now or we will lose the opportunity.

Go to http://www.spj.org/shieldlaw.asp and get your senators’ phone numbers and email. Call them and ask the senator or a staffer if the senator would vote in favor of S.987 the Free Flow of Information Act. Note the person you talk to and what they say, including why they wouldn’t if they plan on voting no. Then fill out the form on the SPJ website to report your findings.

We are compiling this whip count to get a sense for the level of support. This will make a difference in whether the bill is put up for a vote on the Senate floor. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to craft a compromise bill. It isn’t perfect – it’s not what everyone likes. But I believe, as do most media law scholars, that it will do more good than harm. (See http://blogs.spjnetwork.org/president/2013/10/01/4-out-of-5-media-law-experts-yes-on-federal-shield-law/).

Let’s finish this by Valentine’s Day. Charge!!!!!!

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