Attorney-General Vickie Chapman prepares law to protect journalists who refuse to expose confidential sources in public interest


WHISTLEBLOWERS is set to get more protection to become public about issues of corruption and offenses as the government moves on long-awaited journalist acts.

SA and Queensland are the only states without shield legislation to allow journalists to keep sources confidential and avoid possible imprisonment time to refuse to issue the identity of informants.

Skoldlove was stubbornly opposed by former labor government and Advocate General John Rau, but has long been supported by the Liberals and Keynote. 19659003] Draft legislation prepared by the new liberal state government and obtained by The advertiser shows that the new protection would apply in cases where storage of sources was confidently clear in the public interest.

Judges could threaten threats in cases where there was more benefit to discover the identity.

Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance CEO Pa ul Murphy said survey journalists risked prison to make their work ethical and protect vulnerable sources.

"Public-interest journalism is often dependent on whistleblowers and others who are brave enough to come forward and provide information," he said.

"In order to do that, they need an obligation of a journalist that their identity will be protected."

Advocate General Vickie Chapman said the laws would encourage more people to come up with concerns.

"In a market change from the former government, the Marshall government promotes the interest in transparency, openness and informed public debate," said Chapman.

Courts could only reverse the protection if they thought to do so outweigh the bad consequences for the informant, free flow of information and value to maintain a free press.

The government said that the amendment would cover the SA Independent Commission Against Corruption, which is not expressly mentioned in the bill. According to ICAC laws, adopted by Labor, refusal or missing information may give rise to four years in prison.

Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas said his new-looking Labor Party was "open minded" for background change.

"We" I want to take this opportunity to take a new look at this question, "said Malinauskas.



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