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Wis. Legislature passes journalist-shield bill

By The Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Jim Doyle says he will sign into law a bill passed by the Legislature to protect journalists from having to reveal their confidential sources in court.

The Senate passed the so-called "Shield Law" on a voice vote April 20. The measure had previously cleared the Assembly.

Wisconsin will become the 39th state with such a law after Doyle signs it.

Supporters say the measure is important not only to protect reporters but also their sources who sometimes risk losing their jobs by coming forward with important information.

A division of the State Bar says it worries that the legislation goes too far in protecting reporters from having to divulge non-confidential information.

A judge could order reporters to reveal confidential information only under limited circumstances.

Wis. Assembly passes reporter-shield bill
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