Gran Bretagna: dibattito sulla protezione delle fonti giornalistiche

La European Federation of Journalists, che rappresenta circa 200,000 giornalisti in Europa come ramo regionale dell’ International Federation of Journalists, chiede pubblicamente di aprire un dibattito sul “Sacro Principio” della protezione delle fonti. “Nulla – a parte crimini importanti – puo’ giustificare la rivelazione delle fonti dei giornalisti”, dichiara Gustl Glattfelder, presidente di EFJ “come e’ stato ribadito dalla Corte Europea dei Diritti Umani e dal Consiglio d’Europa con la raccomandazione R(2000)72 (inglese)
A cura di red “The revealing of David Kelly as the source for reports on UK governmental information to justify the war in Iraq raises new questions which must be answered,” says the EFJ.

In some countries, even the death of a source does not free journalists from their obligation to maintain confidentiality. During the weekend, the BBC’s director of news Richard Sambrook, revealed Kelly as a source for the controversial report, after discussions with his family.

In May, the EFJ initiated a campaign at its Annual Meeting in Prague to raise awareness of the dangers involved in protecting sources. “The recent developments in the UK seem to break another brick out of the wall of protection,” said Glattfelder. “Without this protection, journalists will not be able to fulfill their role as watchdogs of democracy. Without this protection, the ‘whistleblowers’ giving confidential information to journalists will be silenced.”

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