Journalism, Jail, and Protection of Sources Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Journalism, Jail, and Protection of Sources
An examination of court cases which dealt with the protection of journalist sources.
# 38870 | 2,150 words | 9 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 16, 2003 in Communication (Journalism) , Law (General)

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This paper examines several court cases where the courts persecuted the journalist for protecting their sources, and discusses the impact that the protection of the source had upon the legal system. The paper specifically looks at "Caldwell v. The United States" and "Branzburg v Hayes" and shows how these two cases address the extent to which a reporter can maintain his or her journalistic integrity under the protection of the First Amendment.

Caldwell v The United States (1970)
Branzburg v Hayes (1972)
Reflecting on these Two Cases

From the Paper:

"It is a widely known and respected aspect of journalism that writers have the ability to protect their sources from disclosure, therefore protecting the source from negative repercussions or from persecution. The practice has been referred to as one of the fundamental aspects of journalistic integrity, and it is: "[...] something of a badge of honor among journalists to go to jail -- or promise to -- rather than identify a source." (Frantz: 12) The practice of protecting the source is also upheld by local, state, and federal law on the Constitutional grounds that if sources were revealed - or "burned" - that this would demolish the institution and the right to free speech. In addition, in terms of criminal activity the source is often protected on the grounds that: "The rationale for protecting sources is straightforward: Often the only way to obtain information about criminal wrongdoing, corporate mismanagement or public corruption is by promising anonymity to someone who has information about those matters." (Ibid.) Through protecting the source, both the legal system and the media are aided in establishing social justice."

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