Willie Williams
Shielding journalists

CONGRESS — AGAIN — is taking up the question of whether federal law should protect journalists from being forced to name their confidential sources. The debate over the proposed Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 starts with a recognition of who this law would protect: journalists, yes, but more important, those who rely on journalism. Anonymous sources helped reveal criminal misconduct in the Nixon administration and the secret history of the Vietnam War. They helped uncover the Bush administration's surveillance of American citizens, and they supplied important information on CIA detention facilities in Eastern Europe. Closer to home, sources who spoke only after...