June 25, 2008

U.K. Journalist Gets Some Source Protection

A freelance journalist in Manchester, England, may reveal some, but not necessarily all, of his source material on a book about al-Qaida terrorists to police, a panel of judges said.

The panel ruled the police order for Shiv Malik to hand over all materials, including an interview with a suspected British operative, was too broad.

Malik said the decision was a “victory for common sense” that protects journalists everywhere, The Guardian reports.

He will return to court on June 26 to hear specific terms on what he must divulge under Britain’s Terrorism Act.

— T.J. Johnston/Newsdesk.org

Source:

“Shiv Malik: Journalist claims victory in terrorism sources case”
The Guardian, June 19, 2008

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