World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Media Welcomes French Plan on Protecting Sources

European Journalists Welcome French Plan to Strengthen Right to Protect Sources

The European Federation of Journalists today welcomed the proposal by the French Minister of Justice Pascal Clément to strengthen the right of journalists to protect their sources in France by writing this protection into the country’s 125 year old press law.

“Looked at from afar, one might say that the law says too much about what the press can or cannot do in France,” said Arne König, EFJ Chair, “But this addition to the legislation will give added protection to journalists who are protecting their sources and that’s an important step in the right direction.”

Pascal Clément, made his announcement at a meeting organised by French publishers in Paris yesterday which was addressed by EFJ General Secretary Aidan White, who argued strongly for less judicial control of the press and more editorial independence – including recognition of a single journalists’ code of conduct for journalists and its inclusion in the country’s national labour agreement.

“When it comes to ethical conduct or protection of sources, the best solutions are simple and pragmatic measures which recognise editorial rights,” he said.

He said that France’s intrusive legal approach to press freedom and privacy, for instance, contrasted with that in some other European countries, notably Sweden and Great Britain, where privacy laws don’t apply. But strengthening the legal basis for protection of sources, which has been promised for some time, is long overdue in France.

Protection of sources is not explicitly mentioned in the 1881 Press Law, but simply referred to in the penal procedure code on protection of sources during testimony in court cases.

According to Pascal Clément, judges would be able to keep journalists’ files under seal until a decision is taken and the same measure would apply to collaborators such as translators and technicians.

Journalists hope that this amendment will be proposed to the Parliament after the summer-break and that unions will be fully associated to the works to implement this principle both in the press law and in the code of penal procedure.

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news