Journalists information sources should remain confidential

Friday, 17 Jan 2014, 11:07

 

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The Institute of Malta Journalists say that the confidentiality of the source of journalists information should remain confidential.

This follows the statement by the editor of the newspaper MaltaToday Saviour Balzan who declared that he would refuse to divulge his source in the case of Enemalta oil procurrment pay-offs.

Malcolm J Naudi, Chairman of the Institute of Malta Journalists  says that according to the Press Act:

"46. No court shall require any person mentioned in article 23 to disclose, nor shall such person be guilty of contempt of court for refusing to disclose, the source of information contained in a newspaper or broadcast for which he is responsible unless it is established to the satisfaction of the court that such disclosure is necessary in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, or for the prevention of disorder or crime or for the protection of the interests of justice:

Provided that the court shall not order such disclosure unless it is also satisfied that in the particular circumstances of the case the need for investigation by the court outweighs the need of the media to protect its sources, due regard being taken of the importance of the role of the media in a democratic society:

Provided further that nothing in this article shall be interpreted as exempting any person mentioned in article 23 from proving the truth of any facts attributed by him in terms of article 12."

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