The news media has special protection against disclosure of their sources. In this video, Mike Chapple explains the Privacy Protection Act of 1980.
- [Instructor] Members of the news media … have always had special protections granted … to them under the Constitution and federal and state laws. … The Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, … designed to prevent the government … from interfering with the operation of the media. … The news media also has a tradition … of protecting its sources … to preserve the integrity of their reporting. … In 1971, a demonstration took place at Stanford University … where several police officers were injured. … Reporters from the university's student newspaper, … "The Stanford Daily," were present to cover the protest, … and they took photographs. … The local district attorney obtained a search warrant … for all of those photographs, leading to a legal dispute … that worked its way all the way up … to the United States Supreme Court. … In the case, known as Zurcher versus "Stanford Daily," … the newspaper argued … that the search violated their constitutional rights. … They argued that the Fourth Amendment prohibits searches …
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