By MARK PEARSON Follow @Journlaw
Miles Heffernan (@mileshef) is a journalist and features/opinion editor with the Star Observer.
When he was a freelancer he ran a campaign on change.org calling on mining magnate Gina Rinehart to withdraw her demands for two journalists to reveal their sources. See ‘http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/gina-rinehart-withdraw-your-subpoenas-against-adele-ferguson-and-steve-pennells-pressfreedom‘. See also my blog from 2013 on this.
It achieved close to 40,000 signatures.
Here Miles talks with Professor Mark Pearson of Griffith University (@journlaw) about that campaign and the battle for shield laws to protect journalists from having to reveal their sources in court. See more at journlaw.com. [12 minutes, recorded 16-4-14]
© Mark Pearson 2014
Disclaimer: While I write about media law and ethics, nothing here should be construed as legal advice. I am an academic, not a lawyer. My only advice is that you consult a lawyer before taking any legal risks.