shield law
noun Date: 1971 a law that protects journalists from forced disclosure of confidential news sources

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • shield law — n: a law that prevents or protects against disclosure or revelation of information: as a: rape shield law b: a law that protects journalists from disclosure of confidential news sources Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster …   Law dictionary

  • shield law — shield′ law n. lawg a law protecting journalists from forced disclosure of confidential sources of information • Etymology: 1970–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • shield law — noun : a law that protects journalists from forced disclosure of confidential news sources * * * a law protecting journalists from forced disclosure of confidential sources of information. [1970 75] * * * shield law noun (N American) A law that… …   Useful english dictionary

  • shield law — /ˈʃild lɔ/ (say sheeld law) noun a law designed to protect a person appearing in a trial from having to reveal certain information, as a journalist from having to reveal his or her sources …   Australian English dictionary

  • shield law — a law protecting journalists from forced disclosure of confidential sources of information. [1970 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • shield law — noun legislation designed to provide a news reporter with the right to refuse to testify as to information and/or sources of information obtained during the news gathering and dissemination process …   Wiktionary

  • rape shield law — n: a law that prohibits or limits use of evidence (as testimony) regarding prior sexual conduct of an alleged rape victim Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Rape shield law — A rape shield law in the United States of America and Canada is a law that limits a defendant s ability to cross examine rape complainants about their past sexual behaviour. The term also refers to a law that prohibits the publication of the… …   Wikipedia

  • rape shield law — noun a shield law designed to protect a person appearing in court to claim that they were raped from being questioned as to their own sexual history …   Australian English dictionary

  • rape shield law — See shield laws …   Black's law dictionary

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