Gibson: ‘We probably need this now more than ever’

Tennessee Coalition for Open Government Executive Director Frank Gibson is quoted in the Bristol Herald-Courier about renewed efforts to create a federal shield law.

U.S. Rep. David Boucher, a Democrat from Abingdon, Va., has introduced a bill that would create the shield law.

“I think we probably need this now more than ever,” said Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. “With all the problems the press has had getting information about all the bailout stuff – questions about where the money went – this is a perfect opportunity for someone who works in a big bank to blow the whistle or reveal any abuse of spending.”

Tennessee’s shield law has been in place for about 30 years and “has worked well,” Gibson said.

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