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January 10th, 2005 • Quill Archives
The notebook police have turned up the heat

Editor’s note: This column is reprinted with permission of The Miami Herald. There’s a debate swirling in Washington, D.C., courtrooms about whether reporters should be legally allowed to keep their promises to confidential sources. Reporters from some of the nation’s largest news organizations are facing jail if they refuse to open their notebooks and share their sources with a highprofile, government-leak inquiry.