Thursday, April 24, 2014
Fred Kennedy Nkusi, Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK), has published Journalistic Privilege to Confidentiality Sources: Analysis of Rwanda's Media Law, in volume 1 of the Boston Unviersity International Law Journal (2014). Here is the abstract.
This Article examines the meaning of journalistic privilege to confidential sources in Rwandan legal context in comparison with international legal systems. The discussion focuses principally on Rwanda’s media regulatory framework, including the Code of ethics of professional journalists and other media practitioners, if the law recognizes the privilege to confidential sources of information and the kind of protection that journalists are entitled to. The Article also analyses the jurisprudence of international Courts (the ICTY and the ECtHR) as well as foreign media law. It further discusses who, between the journalists and their confidential sources (informants), is entitled to the protection. Finally, the Article suggests possible amendment of media law to meet certain threshold balancing the protection of issues of public serious concern as well as the right to confidential sources of information.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.