California governor signs law expanding protections for journalists

October 4, 2013 06:45

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law on Thursday to give journalists in the state five days' notice before government agencies serve subpoenas on their records held by third parties, such as phone companies and internet service providers.

The law, which was approved by unanimous votes in the California Assembly and Senate, expands on the state's existing shield law for journalists and will apply to subpoenas sought in state courts.

The California law comes after two cases earlier this year that sparked debate about whether the US Justice Department had infringed on the free-speech rights of journalists in aggressive probes of government leaks.

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