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Supreme Court allows journalists’ appeal

Irish Times clock, image originally hosted on Irish Times websiteThe Supreme Court has held that two Irish Times journalists can assert a privilege to refuse to answer questions about their sources, reversing the High Court decision in Mahon v Keena [2007] IEHC 348 (23 October 2007). From the Irish Times breaking news website:

Court upholds Mahon appeal

The Supreme Court has upheld an appeal by Irish Times editor Geraldine Kennedy and public affairs correspondent Colm Keena against a court order requiring them to answer questions from the Mahon tribunal about the source of an article about former taoiseach Bertie Ahern. …

Revised: The decision is also noted by Cian on Blurred Keys and is now avaialble as Mahon Tribunal v Keena [2009] IESC 64 (31 July 2009); it is also here (pdf) on the Irish Times website.

See also the Belfast decision in the case of Suzanne Breen and a decision of the Supreme Court of Western Australia earlier this week, both reaching similar conclusions.

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4 Responses to “Supreme Court allows journalists’ appeal”

  1. Tipster says:

    The decision should be available on the Courts Service judgments website … soon

    Hah! Liar, liar, your pants are on fire.

  2. Eoin says:

    Well, yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Pierce t/a Swords Memorial -v- The Dublin Cemeteries Committee & ors is there, so I’m hoping that today’s will be up soon too!

    Update: Well, it’s now there, and I’ve revised the post accordingly.

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