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Our View: Doyle should give the public a victory
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Freedom for the public's right to know sensitive information about government or private misconduct could score a major a victory if Gov. Jim Doyle signs the so-called "Shield Law" soon.On Tuesday, the State Senate cleared the remaining legislative hurdle and passed a bill by a voice vote that would afford protection for journalists from having to reveal confidential sources in court. The bill was passed by the State Assembly in September.The proposed law, also know as the "Whistleblower Protection Act" was drafted with the consultation of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.Wisconsin would become the 39th state to enact such a law.