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Proposed Rule Would Protect Reporters' Informants

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Utah Supreme Court advisory committee has a proposal that would give news reporters some of the strongest legal protections in the country.

The proposed rule would give reporters what attorneys call an "absolute privilege" against disclosing the identity of a confidential source.

Under the rule, a reporter would be able to refuse to disclose information provided by a confidential source, unless the person seeking the information demonstrates a need that substantially outweighs the interest of a free flow of information to reporters.

Utah is one of three states without a formal rule or law protecting reporters from revealing confidential sources.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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