CSU, Chico News

Discussion of Confidential Sources Is Next Forum in ‘Ethics and the Media’ Series

Date: 04-18-2007

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Marcel Daguerre

The Center for Applied and Professional Ethics (CAPE) at California State University, Chico will hold the next forum on ethics and the media on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. in PAC 134. The forum is free and open to the public.

The topic is "Protecting Confidential Sources: How Free Should a Free Press Be?" Aaron Quinn, Department of Journalism at CSU, Chico; Tim Crews, publisher, Sacramento Valley Mirror; and David Little, editor, Chico Enterprise-Record, will serve on the panel.

"From Watergate and the Pentagon Papers to Iran-Contra and Abu Ghraib, journalists have used information from confidential sources to reveal information of great public import," said Marcel Daguerre, coordinator of CAPE. "Many have used such sources to expose unethical behavior by corporations, government and even professional athletes. As a consequence, some journalists are so committed to protecting their sources that they are willing to spend time in jail to do so."

The panel will discuss the question of how strong limits on the use and protection of confidential sources should be.

CAPE promotes ethical reflection about issues of concern within and outside the University. The forum April 25 takes place during CSU, Chico’s Founders Week, an annual celebration of the University’s heritage and achievements.