OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state senate has approved a bill that would protect journalists from revealing their sources. It is being called The Reporter's Shield Law. It gives journalists the absolute privilege in protecting confidential sources.
The media could still be required to release unpublished notes and tapes but only under certain circumstances. Local police officers say, despite any new restrictions from Olympia, they still appreciate their relationship with the media.
Just yesterday, a media report led to the arrest of four men suspected of stealing copper. Police say that while it is important for police to get as much information as possible, the benefits of working with the media far outweigh, the limitations of the proposed new Shield Law.