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Report No. 93

VI. The Press Council of U.K.-comments on Disclosure of Sources

4.20. The Press Council (U.K.).-

Occasionally, the Press Council of U.K. has had to make comments relating to the disclosure of sources by journalists. In 1959, the Nottingham Branch of the National Union of Journalists complained to the Press Council about visits to the Nottingham Evening Post by C.I.D. officers who demanded to know the identities of the writers of certain nom de pluse letters to the editor. The Press Council adjudicated as under:-

"The police must be at liberty to make inquiries in newspapers offices as elsewhere, but it was improper for a request to be made to a journalist to become a source of supply for information, on security matters"

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