Texas gets a shield law

Texas became the 37th state to have a “shield law” on May 13, 2009 when Governor Perry signed the “Free Flow of Information Act” (HB 670) into law. Until now, reporters  in Texas could be compelled to reveal their confidential sources.

There are significant limitations in the new law. For example, reporters may be compelled to provide confidential information if “all reasonable efforts have been exhausted to obtain the information from alternative sources” or if the need for the information outweighs the public interest in protecting journalism. However, the law was seen as a victory by the Houston Post and other news outlets.

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