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Reporters ought to have the right to protect the identity of confidential sources.
The law historically recognizes that confidential sources are crucial to the democratic function of a free press.
Very little vital reporting throughout the past thirty to forty years has been submitted without use of confidential sources, especially in the national security area.
More than half the stories on network newscasts contained anonymous attribution. (Source - paper written by K. Tim Wulfemeyer)
Watergate’s “Deep Throat,” is an FBI source who helped The Washington Post unravel the White House cover-up of the Watergate break-in. This is arguably the most famous case at which confidential sources were utilized.
If we wish to continue with a free press, sources must have the assurance that their physical and mental wellbeing will be adequately safeguarded.
There have been plenty of falsified scandals that abuse confidentiality and as such cause doubt whenever reporters use them.