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Images taken by the media of the Capitol storming could help law enforcement identify participants. Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Why the news media may not want to share Capitol riot images with the police

Journalists say that if they are forced to turn over to law enforcement any news information they have gathered, it will erode the trust of sources and the public – and place them in danger.
If bloggers are journalists, should they all benefit from the same legal protections? Jonathan Ah Kit/Flickr

Are bloggers ‘journalists’? New Zealand’s High Court says yes

A New Zealand High Court judgment handed down on Friday will have far-reaching implications for journalists and bloggers, as courts around the world consider the rapidly changing definitions of journalism…
Australia’s richest person Gina Rinehart has failed in her legal bid to force journalist Steve Pennells to reveal his sources for a series of stories. AAP/Tony McDonough

Pennells decision a win for source protection and investigative journalism

In a landmark ruling, the Western Australian Supreme Court has dismissed an attempt from mining magnate Gina Rinehart to force a journalist to disclose his sources and materials. Steve Pennells, a senior…
Fairfax journalists Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie will have their time in court again at the highest court in Victoria - The Supreme Court. Flickr/Avlxyz

Journalists McKenzie and Baker go unshielded before demands to reveal sources

Fairfax investigative journalists Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker had a small win in a Melbourne court yesterday. Their barrister told the court that a previous ruling agreeing that the magistrate had…

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