The reporter’s privilege of protecting his or her sources is
recognized in many countries around the world. Most countries protect it because
works for the public good. A reporter’s
sources only dare to come forward because they know they will not be hounded
for their revelations. Whenever the identity of sources is revealed it encourages
crime and corruption, by frightening those who could reveal wrongdoing into
I think reporters should be legally protected from revealing their sources. I think reporters have the right to keep their sources anonymous. As long as their reports are accurate reporters should have legal protection from revealing their sources. In some case sources of information can face retribution if they agree to work with a reporter.
If there was ever an instance where a confidential source gave information on a crime or criminal that was then published the criminal or people supporting the criminal could attempt to hurt or blackmail the reporter in order to find the source. In a more professional legal standpoint, The reporter could be forced to reveal their source in court and then later face retribution from the source.
Reporters should not be able to hide their sources from law enforcement officials or court personnel such as judges. While I do not think sources should be publicized, the anonymity can sometimes make verification of accusations difficult or impossible. It also could lead to people making unsubstantiated claims for malicious purposes. Sources should be protected from the general media, but their names should be available to responsible law enforcement officials.
No, I do not think that reporters should be legally protected from revealing their sources, because reporters should be treated no differently than the rest of us. Today, we are all reporters, with facebook and blogging and other means of communication. If someone breaks the law by revealing confidential information, they must reveal their sources if asked.