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Reporter can keep sources secret in Colorado theater shooting - court

By Daniel Wiessner ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - A Fox News reporter will not have to divulge the confidential sources who provided information for her story on the 2012 mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, New York's highest court ruled on Tuesday, reversing two lower court rulings. New York State's Court of Appeals said ordering Manhattan-based reporter Jana Winter to testify in a Colorado court, where she would be asked to reveal her sources, would undermine New York's long history of freedom of the press.

Fox reporter goes to top NY court in bid to keep Colorado theatre shooting sources secret

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's highest court will decide whether state law protects a Fox News reporter from revealing confidential sources from a story about James Holmes, who's accused of killing 12 people in a suburban Denver movie theatre last year. Holmes' lawyers want Jana Winters, who works at New York-based Fox News, brought to a Colorado courtroom to name two law officers who told her Holmes had mailed a notebook depicting violence to a psychiatrist. They argue the sources violated a gag order, may have later lied under oath about that and won't be credible as trial witnesses.

California governor signs law expanding protections for journalists

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law on Thursday to give journalists in the state five days' notice before government agencies serve subpoenas on their records held by third parties, such as phone companies and internet service providers. The law, which was approved by unanimous votes in the California Assembly and Senate, expands on the state's existing shield law for journalists and will apply to subpoenas sought in state courts.

California governor signs bill protecting reporters' phone records

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Thursday requiring state officials to give journalists five days' notice before they issue subpoenas for telephone records. The legislation was drafted by Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance, who sought the measure to give media outlets greater protection after it was disclosed that the U.S. Department of Justice had retrieved telephone logs of Associated Press journalists.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passes media shield law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday to protect reporters from being forced to reveal confidential sources, with exceptions in national security and other cases. The Free Flow of Information Act, which had bipartisan support, was passed by the panel in a 13-5 vote and sent to the full Senate for consideration.

Australia's richest person loses media source case

Australia's richest person Gina Rinehart has lost a long-running legal bid to force a media group to hand over their source material in a messy dispute over her family's mining fortune. Rinehart had been trying to force West Australian Newspapers to surrender all letters, faxes, emails, legal advice, memos, text messages and recordings between their journalist Steve Pennells and her son, John Hancock.

U.S. court says reporter must testify in leak case

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that a New York Times journalist must testify in a high-profile government leak case, saying journalists do not have special free speech protections.

U.S. court says reporter must testify in leak case

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the First Amendment right to free speech does not prevent a New York Times journalist from giving testimony in a high-profile government leak case.

U.S. government to limit ability to seize journalist records

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department on Friday proposed curbing the ability of prosecutors to seize reporters' records while investigating leaks to the media, after complaints that journalists' rights were violated in recent high-profile cases. A revised set of guidelines proposed by the department said that search warrants would not be sought against journalists carrying out "ordinary news-gathering activities."

Owner of doomed mall loses bid to keep hundreds of documents secret

TORONTO - The vast majority of documents the owner of the doomed Algo Centre Mall tried to keep secret are not privileged and should be turned over to the public inquiry probing last year's tragedy, a senior judge has found. In his ruling, Appeal Court Justice Stephen Goudge said he was persuaded that only a handful of the documents should be kept from the inquiry because they enjoy solicitor-client privilege.
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