Editorial: Sources of journalists need to be protected

Openness in government is at the core of democracy, and a free and responsible press helps ensure that openness.

To expose matters that officials and bureaucrats would rather be kept hidden, reporters sometimes must use unnamed sources to protect whistle-blowers from losing their jobs. But currently there is no federal law that protects the journalists from being compelled to reveal those sources.

The Free Flow of Information Act would offer that protection, and the bill is under consideration by the full Senate. Action is likely early in the current session. We urge Sens. Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly to vote for it.

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