Essay

Journalistic immunity

Print edition : March 30, 2018

Watergate reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. Photo: AP

Mark Felt, former FBI Deputy Director, at his home in Santa Rosa, California with his daughter Joan Felt and grandson Nick Jones on May 31, 2005. Jones earlier read a statement to the press in which he confirmed that his grandfather was the informant Deep Throat, the legendary source who leaked Watergate scandal secrets to the Washington Post and helped bring down President Richard Nixon. Photo: LOU DEMATTEIS/REUTERS

When the interests of justice, national security and prevention of crime are not involved, the journalist’s rights to gather information and put it in the public domain and the right to not reveal sources become invincible.
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