Wyoming broadcaster group to push for media shield law

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Association of Broadcasters says it will push state lawmakers to pass a media shield law.

Wyoming is the only U.S. state without legal protections for journalists who refuse to provide the names of confidential sources to law enforcement officers.

Such laws can encourage whistleblowers to report wrongdoing without fear of retaliation.

Wyoming Association of Broadcasters lobbyist Laura Grott says Wyoming lacks a shield law not because of opposition but lack of effort by Wyoming media.

The broadcast journalist group unveiled the proposal at a recent meeting of the Legislature's Joint Judiciary Committee.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports the Wyoming Press Association has largely resisted a media shield law. The newspaper organization argues existing First Amendment protections are enough for the press and their sources.