Bipartisan Senate group pushes reporter shield law

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By HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators is pressing forward with a reporter shield bill that includes new Justice Department guidelines for investigations that involve the media.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, and Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., say they hope to have the legislation to a Senate committee as early as this week.

Schumer says the bill would ensure future administrations do not roll back protections for members of the media. Graham says the law will make it much harder for political appointees to stop reporters from doing their job.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced the new Justice Department guidelines on Friday. They would make it harder for prosecutors to obtain journalists' phone records without advance notice.

The proposed legislation would also ensure reporters have the ability to protect the identity of anonymous sources, with limited exceptions.

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