Sun journalists must fight for their rights – Geoffrey Robertson | Media | guardian.co.uk
Robertson said the most fundamental tenet of journalism is clause 14 of the PCC code of practice, which states that newspapers have a “moral obligation to protect confidential sources of information”. Robertson pointed out that it was drafted by Les Hinton, who ran News International for many years until 2007 and was Murdoch’s former right-hand man in London.
Robertson contested claims by a source close to the MSC that there is no public interest defence for public servants receiving money to divulge information to journalists.
“Not all payments to public officials for information are regarded, in practice, or in law, as contrary to the 1906 [Prevention of Corruption] Act, especially now that Article 10 of the Human Rights Act requires the public interest of disclosure to be taken into account,” he wrote.