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Protection of Journalists’ Sources Bill

Introduced on Sept 23, the member’s bill of Louisa Wall seeks to give protection to journalist from having to reveal there sources in court by amending the Evidence Act. It also amends the Search and Surveillance Act 2012, to ensure journalists’ sources are protected in relation to production orders and Police searches. First reading on Oct 20 and sent to the Justice Committee. All parties supported but reservations were expressed about aspects including the protection of material gained by illegal activity. The select committee reported back on Sept saying the MP now sponsoring the bill – Ingrid Leary – decided to withdraw the bill as it faced insurmountable drafting issues to make it work. Protection of Journalists’ Sources Bill