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Title: Recommendation no. R (2000) 7 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the right of journalists not to disclose their sources of information
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Publisher: Council of Europe
Files: www.coe.int_t_dghl_standardsetting_media_doc_cm_rec(2000)007&expmem_en.pdf
Abstract: This recommendation, adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 8 March 2000 at the 701st meeting of the Ministers' Deputies, points out that the protection of journalists' sources of information constitutes a basic condition for journalistic freedom, and that this right has been enshrined in many professional codes of conduct and the legal systems of some Council of Europe member states. It recommends that member states implement a set of principles concerning the right of journalists not to disclose their sources of information, attached to the recommendation as appendix, in their domestic law and practice. The principles in question refer to the right of non-disclosure of journalists; the right of non-disclosure of other persons; limits to the right of non-disclosure; alternative evidence to journalists' sources; conditions concerning disclosures; interception of communication, surveillance and judicial search and seizure; and protection against self-incrimination. They are accompanied by an explanatory memorandum which clarifies and defines each principle in greater detail, and also delves into the definition of who is a journalist.
Publication/ adoption date: 2000-03-08
Language: English