Protecting a Journalist Who's Protecting a Source

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Later today two reporters will likely find out if they are going to have to go to jail for refusing to reveal a source.

Matthew Cooper of Time Magazine and Judith Miller of The New York Times were told the identity of the undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame, and a special prosecutor Peter Fitzgerald wants to know who did the leaking, “Journalists are not entitled to promise complete confidentiality — no one in America is,” he said.

Time Magazine seems to agree and last week capitulated to demands of the prosecutor, handing over Cooper’s notes and emails. Some in the media world lauded Time’s decision as prudent, but others are standing by Miller and Cooper arguing that reporters need to be able to protect sources and those special laws are needed to help them do so.


Tony Pederson, former editor of the Houston Chronicle, now a professor of journalism at Southern Methodist University

Ted Glasser, journalism professor at Standford University

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