NY Court Case putting Journalist Source Protection At Risk

The subject of one of my investigative stories is attempting to use the New York State court system to force me to disclose a confidential source key to my reporting on the person’s alleged wrongdoing. On top of that,at the subject’s request, a judge has temporarily allowed the lawsuit to be sealed so that I can’t make public who is trying to do this. It’s an alarming legal move that goes to the core of press freedom, free speech, and source protection in this country. My readers should know I have every intention of fight this. With over a decade of investigative reporting under my belt I have never revealed a protected source.

To fight this injustice I have been working quietly behind the scenes to secure a top first amendment lawyer to defend this case in court this month. I am doing this not just to protect myself but for the rights of all journalist working with confidential sources so that the actions demanded in this case don’t become case law that could be used against other journalists.

Today I am pleased to announce the Press Freedom Defense Fund has award me a grant to help fund this defense and Mark Bailen and Peter Shapiro of Baker Hostetler have stepped up to take the case. The case caption is: Anonymous v. Anonymous Index No. 655887/2018 (Sup. Ct N.Y. Co.) and filed in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

Stay tuned for more as we fight to unseal this case.

Thanks in advance for your donation support and continued readership!

You can find court dates for this case here: http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/iscroll/
Read more about the Press Freedom Defense Fund here: https://www.pressfreedomdefensefund.org/


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