Colombian Court Defends Sources

The Colombian media company Publicaciones Semana SA will not have to reveal the sources of information for an investigative report published in its magazine Dinero. In late February, the Labor Cassation Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice ruled in the media company's favor by determining that source confidentiality is essential for the circulation of information and its legitimacy. The court ruled that source confidentiality is based on the ability that the journalist has to refrain from revealing the origin, content and/or form of how he accessed the information in order to make matters of public interest known to the community.

Source: Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas

Posted on: March 7, 2018

Court Wants Password to Facebook Account

Colombian investigative journalist William Solano is being prosecuted for slander after writing multiple articles for independent news site DCERCA on administrative corruption in his home municipality of Buga. In the journalist’s ongoing trial, the local district attorney has sought access to Solano’s communications in order to identify key sources in his reporting, who until now have remained anonymous. In late June, a judge authorized the district attorney to search Solano’s Facebook account. The prosecutor is now demanding the journalist’s account password.

Source: Media Shift

Posted on: July 18, 2017