Bill would also weaken confidentiality of journalists’ sources
Proposals put out by the working group of the Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Justice would weaken the right of journalists to protect the confidentiality of their sources.
Päivi Tiilikka, an expert in communications law, says that the change would curb the public’s access to information.
The working group feels that journalists should be compelled to divulge sources of information already at the preliminary investigation phase if the source is suspected of violating an obligation of confidentiality.
Now such a move is possible only when more serious crimes are being investigated.
The proposal to weaken the confidentiality of journalists' sources has come under severe criticism in media circles.
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