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Our strange saga in Victoria County is starting to get national attention. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a national organization, has posted a summary of the Victoria Advocate's struggle to report on the fallout of the Michael Ratcliff investigation.

The article quotes the newspaper's attorney, Laura Prather, who also is president of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas. As she argued last week in court, the district attorney's subpoenas are hindering the Advocate's ability to report on the ongoing trials.

Meanwhile, an Associated Press reporter based in San Antonio called me last week and plans to visit our newsroom Monday as part of a story about the Free Flow of Information Act, which appears finally headed toward becoming law. The state House unanimously approved the so-called shield law last week. I blogged recently about testifying before a House committee in support of the law.

I'd gladly trade any and all of this publicity for the ability to cover the story without the expense and hassle of fighting for press freedoms.