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Posted: Friday, April 26th, 2013 9:11 AM HST

New Hawaii shield law draft cuts out free media

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii lawmakers have agreed on a new draft of the state shield law that removes protections for free newspapers and magazines. The proposal also says newspapers must be printed in order to be covered.

A committee of negotiators approved the measure Thursday. The proposal would make Hawaii's shield law permanent but drastically limit its scope.

The current law protects journalists from revealing sources and notes in court proceedings, with few exceptions including felony and defamation cases. It expires at the end of June.

The new proposal expands exceptions to include civil cases, potential felonies and serious crimes when someone is unlawfully injured.

The bill now goes to the House and Senate floors for a vote.

Rep. Cynthia Thielen voted against the proposal. She says she supports extending the current law.

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