Protecting the Unnamed Source: A journalistic privilege? – Damian Carney

10 01 2012

In two posts on Inforrm on the issue of journalistic privileges (‘Part One: Journalists and Citizens’, Part Two: Accreditation and Privileged Access’,) Hugh Tomlinson has recognised the difficulties in members of the press claiming special privileges in the light of the rise of ‘citizen journalism.’ He argues that such privileges “cannot be extended to all who are writing or investigating for possible publication,” and proposes instead limiting such privileges to those who voluntarily sign up (and I would hope) comply with a code and other requirements to be an accredited journalist to whom these privileges attach. Read the rest of this entry »