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Taricani on source confidentiality

A few years back, US District Court Judge Ernest Torres sentenced WJAR-TV investigative reporter Jim Taricani to home confinement for refusing to identify who provided him with an FBI videotape of Frank Corrente accepting a bribe at Providence City Hall. The tangled tale was a quintessential Rhode Island story.

In this week's Phoenix, Taricani writes about the journalistic fallout of the Scooter Libby conviction. In particular, Jim believes that a limited federal shield law would be better than a status quo in which reporters are increasingly threatened with imprisonment if they don't reveal their confidential sources.

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