Media Law Blog
BY JP Michelsen
Jana Winter was involved in a case that had to do with the Aurora movie theater. She had written a piece with an anonymous source about the incident. The prosecution in the case against James Holmes used the argument that in order for the trial against Holmes to be “fair” the identity of the anonymous source had be divulged to the court. To which Winter’s response was “if a reporter cannot protect the anonymity of their sources, people are not going to tell them things.” I absolutely agree with Winter on this matter. There are people who want to help do the right thing and make this world better, but may face repercussions if others knew what actions that individual has taken. Anonymous sources can only help get information to the public form people who cannot be disclosed.