Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Anonymous Sources.

Are fine to start on a story or an investigation, but if your case relies solely on anonymous sources you have no case.

For example I have an anonymous source that says a rival organization is guilty of fraudulently collecting charity. My source doesn't want to go on record or testify so I have no case. I could publish the details and I try to not talk abou it with others because this is the sort of thing that is libelous & slanderous (at least I don't talk about it with identifying characteristics) and could get one into trouble.

If I had hard proof of this corruption then it all changes. With just an anonymous source it is just a story and suspicious one at that.

Good night.