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