SPJ NorCal’s Freedom of Information Committee Hosts Shield Law Panel

SPJ NorCal’s Freedom of Information Committee’s workshop on California’s Shield Law at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism on July 23, 2019.

SPJ NorCal’s Freedom of Information Committee continued its series of educational workshops this week with a presentation on California’s Shield Law. The panel, hosted by the Berkeley Journalism School on July 23, drew Bay Area journalists, students and community members. Much of the discussion centered around the case of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody, whose home and office were raided earlier this year by San Francisco police attempting to learn the identity of a confidential source of Carmody’s. SPJ NorCal, along with the First Amendment Coalition and the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, have worked to unseal records associated with Carmody’s case to show that the shield law was, in fact, violated when police obtained search warrants against him.

Below is an audio recording of the presentation, including a Q&A session afterward.

Audio:

 

Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1n5ALyBfZkyhEV0zIE-2ywyaDpn77R25YfxpUym1OXEg/edit#slide=id.p