Israeli Court Orders Paper to Pay for Revealing Source

A Tel Aviv court has ordered the newspaper Haaretz and its reporter Uri Blau to pay nearly US$20,000 to a confidential source who provided classified material. The paper and Blau failed to exercise proper caution to protect the whistleblower, Anat Kamm, who provided Blau with a USB drive holding 1500 classified military documents, the court ruled, and ordered them to pay Kamm's court costs. Kamm ended up serving over a year in prison.

Source: Haaretz

Posted on: December 28, 2018

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

UN Rapporteur Calls for Whistleblower Protection

In a new report released this week, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression has called on states to protect the right of whistle-blowers to disclose information in the public interest and to uphold the general principle of source confidentiality in law and practice. Among the measures called for are stronger laws and regulations. Basic protections" in these areas, the report notes, "are critical to an effective right to freedom of expression, accountability and democratic governance.”

Source: International Press Institute

Posted on: October 23, 2015