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Bennet Signs Up To Co-Sponsor Shield Law

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Sen. Michael Bennet (credit: CBS)

Sen. Michael Bennet (credit: CBS)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s junior Senator will co-sponsor a bill to protect reporters from having to reveal their sources.

Senator Michael Bennet announced Thursday that he’d sign onto a proposed shield law for journalists. The bill is being revived after the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of phone records from the Associated Press. Federal investigators in that case are trying to determine who leaked information about a foiled terrorist bomb plot.

Bennet said in a statement that the legislation would give greater clarity on how investigators can protect both national security and freedom of the press.

The bill protects reporters from being forced to disclose sources in court. In some cases it would require prosecutors get a judge’s approval to obtain reporters’ phone records.

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