Journalistic Privilege to Confidentiality Sources: Analysis of Rwanda's Media Law

14 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2014

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Fred Nkusi

Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK)

Date Written: April 2, 2014

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.

Keywords: Journalistic privilege to confidentiality sources, Rwandan media law

JEL Classification: A3

Suggested Citation

Nkusi, Fred, Journalistic Privilege to Confidentiality Sources: Analysis of Rwanda's Media Law (April 2, 2014). Boston University International Law Journal, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2419423

Fred Nkusi (Contact Author)

Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali (INILAK) ( email )

http://www.inilak.ac.rw
P.O.Box 6392
Kigali
Rwanda
+250788741993 (Phone)

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