Below is a statement by Senator John Kerry on the Free Flow of Information Act, also known as the Media Shield Act (S. 340). John Kerry is a co-sponsor of the legislation.
“Congress should not wait any longer to aggressively ensure the freedom of the press in America. The Free Flow of Information Act, or Media Shield Act, is a common-sense solution to a complex issue. It makes clear that journalists will never have to reveal a confidential source, but requires they testify if they have information essential to solving a crime. This bill deserves support and deserves to be brought up for a vote in Congress. At a time our troops are fighting for freedom overseas, it’s disappointing that the president is opposing this bill at home. It’s the least we can do to guarantee basic freedoms our Founding Fathers intended.”