Kind of Confidential
American Journalism Review, June/July 2007, v29, #3, pp26-33
U.S. federal judges have been rejecting reporters’ promises to keep silent about conversations with confidential sources, leading news organizations to warn sources that pledges of anonymity aren’t absolute. “The law as it exists today does not provide the kind of absolute protection for sources that reporters traditionally thought they had the right to offer,” says Kevin Baine of Williams & Connolly, the law firm representing the Washington Post. But media lawyers are seeing growing support for protecting journalists, including at the state level, the author says. Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia have shield laws, and seven additional states have introduced shield law legislation. Lori Robertson is an AJR senior contributing writer.
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C13/05-07. Posted August 28, 07