RTDNA, Media Groups Push the Homeland Security Act Envelope For Reporters

RTDNA, Media Groups Push the Homeland Security Act Envelope For Reporters
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The Radio-Television News Directors Association and more than a dozen other media groups have written a letter to members of the U.S. Senate urging changes to Homeland Security Act of 2002, which they believe includes "worrisome restrictions" that limit media access to information critical to public health and safety. A letter to Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Joseph Liberman, D-Conn. and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., advocates the replacement of certain sections with alternative language developed last year by the Senate Government Affairs Committee.
The new language, called the Restoration Freedom of Information Act of 2003, was developed by legislators and media groups, but not included in the final Homeland Security Act. RTNDA and the media groups say the clarification would make the FOIA exemptions more consistent with existing law and ensure media access, preserve whistleblower protections and allow the government to act more broadly in response to information about public health and safety.

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