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Article: Protection against judicially compelled disclosure of the identity of news gatherers' confidential sources in common law jurisdictions

TitleProtection against judicially compelled disclosure of the identity of news gatherers' confidential sources in common law jurisdictions
Authors
KeywordsJournalist
Confidential source
Contempt of court
Search warrant
In re Grand Jury Subpoena
Issue Date2006
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.modernlawreview.co.uk/default.asp
Citation
The Modern Law Review, 2006, v. 69 n. 6, p. 895-934 How to Cite?
AbstractIn many common law liberal democracies today, news gatherers are resisting efforts to use the powers of the courts to compel them to identify their confidential sources. Often the struggles are epic. Often the public interest in effective news gathering fuelling the vitality of a modern liberal democracy is insufficiently recognised. The article uses recent cases to spotlight the shortfalls in the approach and legacy of the common law in dealing with news gatherer/confidential source relationships. Post Human Rights Act English decisions, especially that of Tugendhat J in Ackroyd, combining European style commitment to the public interest in vigorous newsgathering with common law style analysis of evidence, point the way to a more effective approach. US and Hong Kong cases remind news gatherers of their public interest responsibilities.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/74867
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 0.855
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.623
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dc.contributor.authorBrabyn, JM-
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T07:05:36Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T07:05:36Z-
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.identifier.citationThe Modern Law Review, 2006, v. 69 n. 6, p. 895-934-
dc.identifier.issn0026-7961-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/74867-
dc.description.abstractIn many common law liberal democracies today, news gatherers are resisting efforts to use the powers of the courts to compel them to identify their confidential sources. Often the struggles are epic. Often the public interest in effective news gathering fuelling the vitality of a modern liberal democracy is insufficiently recognised. The article uses recent cases to spotlight the shortfalls in the approach and legacy of the common law in dealing with news gatherer/confidential source relationships. Post Human Rights Act English decisions, especially that of Tugendhat J in Ackroyd, combining European style commitment to the public interest in vigorous newsgathering with common law style analysis of evidence, point the way to a more effective approach. US and Hong Kong cases remind news gatherers of their public interest responsibilities.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.modernlawreview.co.uk/default.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofThe Modern Law Review-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsThe Modern Law Review. Copyright © Blackwell Publishing Ltd.-
dc.rightsThe definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com-
dc.subjectJournalist-
dc.subjectConfidential source-
dc.subjectContempt of court-
dc.subjectSearch warrant-
dc.subjectIn re Grand Jury Subpoena-
dc.titleProtection against judicially compelled disclosure of the identity of news gatherers' confidential sources in common law jurisdictions-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0026-7961&volume=69&issue=6&spage=895&epage=934&date=2006&atitle=Protection+against+judicially+compelled+disclosure+of+the+identity+of+news+gatherers%27++confidential+sources+in+common+law+jurisdictions-
dc.identifier.emailBrabyn, JM: hrllbjm@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityBrabyn, JM=rp01238-
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1468-2230.2006.00616.x-
dc.identifier.hkuros134741-
dc.identifier.volume69-
dc.identifier.issue6-
dc.identifier.spage895-
dc.identifier.epage934-
dc.identifier.eissn1468-2230-
dc.identifier.ssrn1815886-
dc.identifier.citeulike926327-

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