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Fairfax Wins Confidential Source Case

Posted: April 18th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Media, Print Media, World of the News | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Fairfax Wins Confidential Source Case

FAIRFAXThe Victorian Court of Appeal has ruled two Fairfax journalists will not be ordered to reveal their sources. Last year a magistrate summoned The Age journalists Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker to appear in the committal hearing of eight former directors of the Reserve Bank subsidiaries, Securency and Note Printing Australia.

The former executives are accused of bribing foreign officials in Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam to gain contracts to print banknotes between 1999 and 2004.

The journalists’ reports on the scandal triggered a police investigation into the allegations. Subpoenas were issued for Mr McKenzie and Mr Baker after a newspaper article in December 2012 reported an allegedly corrupt businessman was prepared to testify against the former directors in exchange for a leniency ::::

Lawyer’s for the former chief executive of Note Printing Australia, John Leckenby, wanted the reporters to give evidence about the source for the article in a bid to have the case against Leckenby thrown out.

Fairfax News took the matter to the Court of Appeal after an unsuccessful bid to stop its reporters being made to give evidence in the Supreme Court. Today, the Court of Appeal has ruled the magistrate has no power to force the reporters to give evidence.


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source: abc

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