Journalism

Oct 30, 2017

Anonymity is at the heart of Australian journalism

Christopher Warren on the importance of respecting the confidentiality of journalistic sources.

In all the news about who told what to whom in the Australian Federal Police raid on the Australian Workers' Union, you know who doesn’t have either a legal or ethical obligation to keep his source confidential? Former government staffer David De Garis.

That’s because the obligation to respect confidence is inherent in the principles of journalism, not in act of a tip-off.

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