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There has been a great outcry in the media over Barack Obama‘s reversal/hedging on the federal shield law, the legislation that protects journalists from revealing their anonymous sources. While this has typically been dealt with on a state-by-state basis, currently Congress is debating turning the protection into a federal precedent. During his campaign, Obama promised a transparent White House, only to turn around ten months later and start talking about putting limitations on the law: his argument being that in cases of national security, journalists must be required to reveal their sources.

And while many wonder if we’re going to see the Valerie Plame case played out all over again if this blanket legislation doesn’t pass, another issue has been overlooked: Do bloggers fall under the protection of the shield law?

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