Obama backs bill to protect media

On Thursday President Obama promised to seek “a balance” between national security and a need to protect freedom of the press at a news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Written by Associated Press | Washington | Published: May 17, 2013 1:32 am

On Thursday President Obama promised to seek “a balance” between national security and a need to protect freedom of the press at a news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Responding to news of the seizure of Associated Press records,Senator Chuck Schumer,planned to revive a 2009 media shield bill that protects journalists and their employers from having to reveal information,including the identity of sources who had been promised confidentiality.

The White House threw its support behind the push Wednesday,with Ed Pagano,President Barack Obama’s liaison to the Senate,placing a call to Schumer’s office to ask him to revive the bill. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama “believes strongly we need to provide the protection to the media that this legislation would do.’’

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