By Emil Weber
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled on 4th October 2017 that the right to protection of sources cannot exempt journalists from their obligation to verify information of factual nature. An Icelandic journalist, reporting in the context of 2008 financial crisis, was sanctioned for defamation after failing to prove some factual basis of his reporting despite his reference to the right of protection of sources.
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