Colorado lawmaker cites in push to strengthen media shield law

From  WASHINGTON –  A Republican lawmaker from Colorado is pushing to strengthen his state’s media shield law to better protect journalists, citing reporter Jana Winter’s recent legal battle to keep her sources secret.

State Sen. Bernie Herpin said he was inspired by Winter’s case. He wants to change Colorado’s law so it more closely matches New York’s version – considered to be the country’s strongest in terms of protecting journalists.

“I actually was watching Fox News and I saw the story about (Winter) and what was going on with her and how Colorado was trying to force her to reveal her sources,” Herpin told “Colorado’s shield law is fairly weak and that needed to change.”

Herpin, who introduced his bill Wednesday, said getting the measure passed is his top priority this legislative session.

“If you are going to be a strong supporter of the Second Amendment like I am, you have to be a strong supporter of the First Amendment — especially when it comes to the press,” Herpin said. “They act as a watchdog for the people. And if confidential sources are worried about being named, they aren’t going to come forward.”

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