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The Associated Press March 8, 2011, 4:39PM ET

Ark. Senate approves expanding media shield law

The Arkansas Senate has voted to expand a state law protecting reporters from divulging sources to include television stations and websites.

The Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday to add TV stations and Internet news sources to the state's media shield law. Under current law, editors and reporters for any newspaper, periodical, radio station or newspaper are not required to disclose sources to any grand jury or other authority unless it was shown that the story was published or broadcast in bad faith, with malice and not in the interest of the public welfare.

Republican Sen. Jake Files of Fort Smith said he proposed the change after he was approached about it by Michael Tilley, who edits and co-owns TheCityWire.Com, a news website.

The measure now heads to the House.

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