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How can I find out if my state has a shield law or recognizes a newsgatherer’s privilege?

In 1998, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press published “Confidential Sources and Information: A Practical Guide to the Reporter’s Privilege in the Fifty States and D.C.,” in which it set forth a state-by-state guide to the privilege. This guide is available online.

You can obtain more current information by researching state law in law libraries or through a number of online databases, including

How have the circuit courts viewed the question of reporters’ privilege?

See this compilation, Branzburg v. Hayes, reporters’ privilege & circuit courts.

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