The US Free Flow of Information Act has cleared the House Judiciary Committee. It is intended as a shield for confidential sources, but it has severe limitations and loopholes that could undermine the 30 US state laws already on the books.
... the definition of a journalist has been narrowed. The modified bill which passed the committee on 2nd August included a provision that limits its protections to those who make "financial gain or livelihood" from their journalism.
[there are] several exceptions regarding terrorism, national security, imminent death and trade secret leaks.
By limiting who's protected, it immediately limits individual free speech and leaves everyone open to intimidation. Would Greg Palast and his non profit or Josh Wolf be covered? Josh Wolf was protected by CA law, but was prosecuted in Federal court to strip him of those protections. This bill would codify that trick.
The other exemptions have already been used for SLAP purposes. A good example is the criminal investigation that has been launched against David Sugar for writing this article. Any law that separates "responsible", aka state licensed, journalists from the rest us tramples the first amendment.