Journalist Shield Measure Debated In Hawaii


State senators asked journalists and prosecutors are trying to work out a compromise over a measure to protect reporters from having to reveal their sources and notes.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony today on the proposal that has already passed the House.

Honolulu city prosecutors argued the shield bill needs to be weakened so that journalists can be forced to reveal their sources in criminal cases.

Mainstream media representatives say the change would be acceptable if it applied only to nontraditional journalists.

But they weren’t willing to accommodate the Hawaii Attorney General’s Office. It wants journalist protections removed if a defendant has a right to the information or if public safety is impaired.

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