Sen. Hee: Shield Law Bill Protects Some Online News Sites As 'Magazines'

Nathan Eagle/Honolulu Civil Beat

Sen. Clayton Hee says online journalists will be protected from being forced to reveal their sources — but only if their publications meet the definition of a magazine.

Hee on Thursday refuted media reports saying Hawaii's shield law had been changed to exclude certain online news sites.

He said House Bill 622, which seeks to make permanent the 5-year-old shield law that’s set to expire in June, would still protect reporters who work for Internet-only publications even after the amendments his Judiciary and Labor Committee approved Wednesday.

Civil Beat, for instance, would be protected under the definition of a “magazine,” Hee said.

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