Confidentiality and the Public Interest

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Confidentiality and the Public Interest 1. Confidential relationships usually arise from: 1.express promises 2.sense of loyalty 3.by law 2. Justification for Confidentiality: 1.concern for human autonomy (power) in safeguarding personal information and knowledge. 2.to establish a feeling of trust among individuals within society. 3 . to s erve the ends of social utility. 3. The three part test that may require journalist to reveal sources: 1. That there is probable cause to believe that the reporter as information clearly relevant to a specific probable violation of law 2. That the information sought cannot be obtained by alternative means less destructive of First Amendment values. 3. That there is a
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Unformatted text preview: compelling and overriding need for the information. 4. Reasons for granting confidentiality: 1. news sources are the cornerstones of good investigative journalism. 2. without the assurance of anonymity some sources would dry up. 3. there are no alternative sources of information. 5. Reservations about granting confidentiality: 1. confidentiality deprives the audience of the opportunity to decide for themselves how much faith to put into the information. 2.sources may use the cloak of confidentiality to attack 3rd parties who cannot defend themselves from an unidentified opponent 3.such a privilege could serve as a license for irresponsible behavior by the media....
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