Saturday, November 28, 2009

"No need to reveal" journalists' sources

A court in Sri Lanka has rejected a police request to order a journalist to reveal his sources regarding a news story.

The Colombo magistrate said journalists cannot be forced to reveal their sources.

The court made the decision after considering a case filed by police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) against the editor of Lankaenews web newspaper.

The magistrate ordered the editor of the website, Sandaruwan Senadheera, to report to the CID and record a statement within two weeks.

The police wanted to know the source for a Lankaenews report regarding the transfers of police officers.

The counsel representing the website, Gunaratna Wanninayake, told BBC Sandeshaya that the CID is "trying their best" to find the source of the story.

"But the magistrate clearly said that my client is not bound by the law to do that," he added.

© BBC Sinhala

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