journalist's privilege


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Noun1.journalist's privilege - the right of a journalist to refuse to divulge sources of confidential information
privilege - (law) the right to refuse to divulge information obtained in a confidential relationship
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53 or "The Sotto Law" has been the journalist's privilege statute which ensures that s/he can refuse to reveal the source of a confidential news report or information except when the court or a Committee of Congress finds that the revelation is demanded by the security of the State.
Fargo, The Year of Leaking Dangerously: Shadowy Sources, Jailed Journalists, and the Uncertain Future of the Federal Journalist's Privilege, 14 WM.
108) These courts agree "the civil litigant's interest in disclosure should yield to the journalist's privilege.
free press, anonymous sources and the journalist's privilege, copyright, access to government documents and meetings, broadcast regulation and indecency, and the case Citizens United v.
Branzburg has had an ironic effect on the journalist's privilege in the lower courts.
109) With a privilege statute in Massachusetts, courts could avoid haphazard application of a journalist's privilege and promote the continued and potentially expanded use of confidential sources in the Commonwealth.
The Article applies these insights to a variety of legal issues, including the journalist's privilege, election laws, defamation and licensing laws, media ownership restrictions, copyright laws, and vicarious liability.
The public will jettison the journalist's privilege in a heartbeat if it seems expedient or necessary to serve some "higher" public interest.
Fargo, Reconsidering the Federal Journalist's Privilege for Non-Confidential Information: Gonzales v.
Legislatures likewise disagree; about two-thirds of the states have recognized a journalist's privilege of varying strengths, but the remaining states and the federal government have not.
Fargo): and "The Journalist's Privilege for Nonconfidential Information in States without Shield Laws" (Anthony L.

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