United Kingdom: ARTICLE 19 Welcomes Judgment on Confidentiality of Journalistic Sources
'ARTICLE 19 welcomes the landmark ruling of the High Court in Belfast in the case of investigative journalist, Suzanne Breen, which decided that a court order forcing her to hand over her notes would have threatened her life and the lives of her family, and compromised the protection of her sources.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) had sought a court order forcing Ms Breen, the Northern Ireland editor of the Dublin-based Sunday Tribune, to hand over her mobile telephone, computer records and notes about the Real IRA, following the
publication of stories relating the murder of two soldiers. Ms Breen had received the group’s claim of responsibility for the murder of the soldiers at the Massereene Barracks in Antrim in March. Ms Breen argued that, if she had complied with such an order, she would have placed her own life, and the lives of her partner and 14-
month-old child, at risk.'
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