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Unformatted text preview: give up a source who has information pertaining to a court case, but it has certainly happened. Whenever a journalist has information relevant to a case, when there is no other means to get this information, and a compelling or overriding interest exists, he or she will be forced to testify. In 2004, a reporter working for WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island named Jim Taricani was sentenced to six months house arrest for refusing to divulge his source from a video that showed bribery of public officials. Unfortunately, journalists today have to look over their shoulders and be wary of the law at all times. Subpoenas and court orders only hinder the process of journalism, which needs to be fixed by giving journalists the same rights as spouses, doctors, lawyers, and clergy to refuse to testify....
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2011 for the course J 360 taught by Professor Jensen during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.
- Fall '08