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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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