Confidential Information and the Media

  • Kathryn Ries


In the battle for readers, listeners and viewers, competition in the media industry for "exclusive" news is never-ending. Journalists and news organisations go to great lengths to obtain information, stretching, bending and sometimes breaking the rules in their attempts to keep the public informed and keep ahead of the competition. News organisations have an essential role in our democratic society, keeping an eye on government, private organisations and people in general, but their methods of obtaining information have been much criticised and debate often rages over whether certain information should have been published. At the centre of the controversy are the public's right to be informed and the right of individuals and organisations to maintain secrecy or enforce a confidence. The law attempts to balance these competing interests.
Oct 30, 1999
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RIES, Kathryn. Confidential Information and the Media. QUT Law Review, [S.l.], v. 15, p. 126-134, oct. 1999. ISSN 2201-7275. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 feb. 2021. doi:
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