A forum for Princeton residents to express opinions about local and national issues
Question of the Week: "What are your views on reporters going to jail for withholding their sources?"
"I think that it is terrible for freedom of speech that people won't want to express their opinions if confidentiality is not protected. On the other hand, some people will be able to use this. You have to draw the line where what you are reporting serves a purpose. In this instance, they used the information to smear someone to get back at them. In principle I agree that confidential sources should be held confidential as long as this is not abused by reporters."
Denes Patt, Lovers Lane
"I am against the jailing. I think that we need to protect reporters' confidential sources so we can have a free press and get criticism of government."
Arlene Weiner, Mt. Lucas Road
"I think that it represents their right to keep their sources confidential so that they can maintain reputable sources of information. Otherwise they won't be able to report what they need to report."
Tony Hawes and Hailey, Evergreen Circle
"I think that it's a matter of conscience that should be honored. The Court said one thing and the reporter has to weigh that with what he feels is right. He has to decide whether he has to suffer the consequences for his own conscience."
Denise Floyd, Birch Avenue
"I think that it is horrible that they would go to jail for not having given up the names. They are under no obligation to give them up. Even if it is against the law to withhold names, I don't know how anything will change if we don't have people tell reporters things in confidence."
Joanne Farrugia, Owner, Jazams