The NAHP Rejects the Obligation to Reveal Confidential Sources

The NAHP Rejects the Obligation to Reveal Confidential Sources



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Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 12, 2005–The National Association of Hispanic Publications, Inc. rejects the judicial decision that obligates journalists to reveal their information sources, even after confidentiality is promised.

As journalists, we do not pretend to be above the law. But, it is equally true that the use of confidential sources is an invaluable service to society without which certain information would not be accessible or made known otherwise.

One of the best examples to justify this position is in the case of “Deep Throat. ”Without a confidential source we may have never known the illegal activities of President Nixon and the espionage taking place at Watergate. The judicial or governmental coercion over the journalistic profession represents a serious threat to the free flow of information and the reasonable and ethical handling of information sources.

There are many other ways that criminal acts can be discovered without forcing journalists to divulge their sources and put them on the same plane as criminals by penalizing them as such.

The NAHP holds as sacrosanct the confidentiality of sources and urges all legislators to take action to avoid damaging journalists, media sources and freedom of speech.

About the National Association of Hispanic Publications, Inc

The National Association of Hispanic Publications, Inc., (NAHP, Inc) is the largest organization representing Hispanic publications at the national level. NAHP Inc. works with more than 200 member and affiliated publications that share a combined circulation of more than 10 million. Its member publications reach more than 50 percent of Hispanic households in 55 U.S. markets, every week. NAHP, Inc. provides professional tools to assist Hispanic publications to more effectively reach their readership. NAHP Inc. works hard at keeping the Hispanic community informed and educated about social issues, updating its readers about member publications, providing technical assistance and improving the quality of Hispanic publications at the national level. Please, visit our website for more information: http://www.nahp.org or call 202-662-7250.

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CONTACT:

Joe Carrillo

202-662-7430

The NAHP Rejects the Obligation to Reveal Confidential Sources