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Panel to Examine Confidential Sourcing in Journalism

    The impact and implications of confidential sourcing in journalism will be examined by a panel of journalists, lawyers and legal scholars at the National Press Club. “The Future of the Free Press: Should Journalists Be Able to Use Confidential Sources and Seek Secret Information?” is scheduled for Thursday, December 7, 7 – 9 p.m.

    Though efforts to enact a federal shield law have stalled in Congress, 49 states recognize some form of “reporter’s privilege” to protect confidential sources. Without it, Watergate, the Pentagon Papers, Iran-Contra, and Abu Ghraib would have gone unreported. However, should there be legal ramifications for journalists who use information deemed sensitive to national security?

    Join the following panelists as they address the issues:
    Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio
    Earl Caldwell, Writer-in-Residence at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University
    Victoria Toensing, Partner at diGenova & Toensing, LLP
    Bob Drogin, Washington D.C. Intelligence Correspondent for The Los Angeles Times
    Tim Franklin, Editor and Senior Vice President of The Baltimore Sun
    Steven D. Clymer, Professor at Cornell Law School
    Lee Levine, Partner at Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz, LLP
    Dale Cohen, Associate General Counsel, Media for Cox Enterprises, Inc., will moderate.