An erosion of free speech?
The media's ability to act as a watchdog is under threat from several quarters, says Rebecca Money-Kyrle. Not only have newspapers been forced to reveal their sources, but increased powers make it easier for the authorities to root out whistleblowers
In the UK, we have a diverse press, regulated by the Press Complaints Commission, which is independent of direct state control. There is, pursuant to the Contempt of Court Act 1981, statutory protection for journalists, to ensure that sources can be protected except in limited, prescribed circumstances.
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