The Press: Subpoenas (Contd.)

Will there be a federal "shield" statute to protect the confidentiality of newsmen's sources? If so, how strong a measure will be enacted? There was still no firm consensus in Congress last week despite the protracted debate. However, Representative Robert Kastenmeier, chairman of a House Judiciary Sub committee holding hearings on the dispute, made a cautious prediction: "The odds favorour coming out with some kind of recommended legislation." In the House generally, he said, "proshield forces are definitely stronger than anti-shield forces at this time."

Kastenmeier meanwhile was getting varied opinions from journalists....

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