Bad stuff in Austin...House bills would stifle press coverage, free speech

By FRED HARTMAN

The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony on two bills last week that would dismantle the reporter’s shield law and make it more difficult for news organizations to defend defamation lawsuits.

Media outlets are up in arms about the bills sponsored by state Rep. Ken King, R-Canadian, and legal experts testified during the hearing that both measures are unconstitutional.

 

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