Euro Court protects sources

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld journalists' right to protect sources, again. Dutch journalist Koen Voskuil was jailed for 18 days in 2000, for refusing to name a policeman who said a raid on a suspect named Mink Kok had been illegal. That jailing violated freedom of speech and the right to liberty, the Court ruled in November, but it refused compensation. In November 2006 two reporters from the newspaper De Telegraaf were also jailed for refusing to reveal the source of allegations concerning Mink Kok and police corruption.

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