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Report No. 93

Chapter 4

English Law

I. The Common Law Rule

4.1. Journalistics ethics and legal position.-

English academic and professional literature keeps ethics and law distinct. A cardinal rule of journalistic ethics in England is that a journalist does not divulge the sources of his information. Many informants, it is stated, would "dry up" if they are not confident that their identity would be kept secret.1

1. Anthony Richards Law for Journalists, (1977), p. 82.



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