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Journalist gets 11-month suspended sentence for refusal to reveal sources

first_img News The case against him goes back two years when he was convicted of “contempt of court”. At the time he was a stringer for the weekly Expresso, working on a drugs investigation. He used information given to him by a police official to reveal details about a police operation to catch drug-traffickers. The lawyer for the three suspects called for Preto to be summonsed as a witness and to reveal the name of his informant. Citing protection of sources, Petro has always refused to name the police official.Protection of sources is theoretically recognised in Portugal. But if a journalist has knowledge of a crime that will be committed he is then supposed to reveal his sources. Preto has always maintained that whether or not he revealed his source in this case was never going to prevent a crime from being committed.Portuguese version Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union RSF_en November 23, 2020 Find out more News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive to go further Follow the news on Portugal News Receive email alerts PortugalEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News December 13, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gets 11-month suspended sentence for refusal to reveal sources Organisation December 2, 2020 Find out more PortugalEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Portuguese versionReporters Without Borders has protested after journalist José Luis Manso Preto was given an 11-month suspended sentence for refusing to reveal his sources when he was called to give evidence in a drugs case.”We object to this sentence which seriously damages the right to protect sources of information” said Reporters Without Borders. It runs contrary to the Goodwin ruling adopted on 27 March 1996 by the European Court of Human Rights which recognises that protection of sources is the cornerstone of press freedom.””This verdict means that the Portuguese courts turn journalists into informers and can also expose them to danger when they investigate sensitive cases. We hope it will be overturned on appeal so as not to create a dangerous precedent in Portugal,” said the worldwide press freedom organisation.Petro was sentenced by a Lisbon court on 10 December 2004. The suspended 11-month jail term can be activated if he is involved in any new case in the next three years.Backed by the entire profession in Portugal, the journalist has decided to appeal against the verdict. “If I had revealed my sources, my professional career would have been in ruins,” he told the press as he left court.last_img read more

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Baggies hopes unrealistic – Clarke

first_img Clarke’s assistant Kevin Keen was placed on gardening leave by West Brom at the same time as him, and joint-assistant head coach Keith Downing will assume control of first-team affairs while the club search for a new permanent boss. Giving his thoughts on the news of Clarke’s dismissal, Albion defender Steven Reid told the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 Extra: “There is a real sense of shock in the dressing room. “To have such a disappointing 2013 – us as players have got to take responsibility for that. “If the manager goes, you look at yourself and whether you could have done any more as a squad.” Roberto Di Matteo, who guided West Brom into the top flight in 2010 but was sacked in February 2011 and went on to win the FA Cup and Champions League during a stint in charge at Chelsea in 2012, is among those being mentioned as potential candidates to fill the vacancy. Another is ex-Albion player Martin Jol, recently dismissed from his post as manager of Fulham. After his appointment as their boss in the summer of 2012, Clarke – in his first managerial role – guided Albion to their highest-ever Premier League finish of eighth last term. And in a statement released on Sunday by the League Managers Association, Clarke said: ”Going into this season expectations were high, perhaps unrealistically so. “With it still being only our fourth consecutive season in the top flight, our primary objective had to be to establishing our status in the Barclays Premier League. “I was, and remain, convinced that we were well placed to achieve this aim.” Reflecting on his dismissal, Clarke said: ”I believe I have unfinished business at West Brom so it is with deep regret that I was relieved of duties as head coach. “It was certainly a challenge to succeed Roy Hodgson after he successfully guided the club to a 10th place finish in 2011/12. “It goes without saying that I was extremely proud to have built on that achievement by securing the club’s highest-ever finish in the Barclays Premier League and for over 30 years in the top flight by finishing eighth in 2012/13.” “It has been an honour to manage this club.” Clarke lost his job as Albion head coach on Saturday following a 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Cardiff, the Midlands outfit’s fourth straight loss. The 50-year-old Scot departed with the Baggies 16th in the table, two points above the relegation zone and having won only seven of their 34 top-flight matches in 2013. Steve Clarke has suggested following his sacking by West Brom that expectations of what the club could achieve this season were unrealistically high going into the campaign. Press Associationlast_img read more

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