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Journalists in pursuit of a public interest story, might find themselves stumbling upon information that could later be used as evidence in courts and legal hearings. Should that happen, journalists are ethically bound to protect their sources whilst also preserving evidence and complying with legal processes. How should they proceed and what should they be mindful of?

Look no further than this guide by The Centre for Law and Democracy and News Media Europe, which provides advice about several legal issues in a way that is accessible to non-legal experts.

That includes: privileges regarding the protection of confidential sources and not having to testify; information on exactly what constitutes an international crime; basic rules regarding the admissibility of evidence; how to gather information in a way that promotes its legal reliability; and interviewing victims and witnesses.

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