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#jpod in depth: The journalist’s right to protect confidential sources explained

This week’s #jpod looks at the rights of the journalist to protect their sources, in light of the now-dropped action by the Metropolitan police against the Guardian newspaper and one of its journalists.

The police force originally planned to obtain a production order to force the Guardian to hand over documents relating to sources of some of its phone-hacking coverage, but dropped its plans following advice from the Crown Prosecution Service. Today (23 September) the deputy assistant commissioner Mark Simmons will appear before the home affairs committee to answer questions on its planned action.

In this podcast we speak to three media law and journalism rights experts – media law consultant David Banks, NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet and Index on Censorship news editor Padraig Reidy – to clarify the rights of the journalist in such situations and what the recent events mean for the industry.

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