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Report No. 93

7.3. Classes of matter to be protected.-

Thirdly, regarding the matter to be protected, the question that arises is whether the protection:

(i) should be limited to the source of information obtained by the journalist; or

(ii) should cover all information obtained by the journalist in confidence?

As regards the first alternative, it can be argued in support thereof that aim of any protection is to increase the flow of information. Any proposed legislation need not concern itself with unpublished information. But an extended protection, as per the second alternative, may be sought to be justified on the ground that there is need to obtain background information which, though not intended itself for publication, is necessary for verifying the accuracy of the information to be published.

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