Adepa’s concern about the judicial injunction against journalist Santiago O’Donnell
The Association of Argentine Journalistic Entities (Adepa) reaffirms its concern about the judicial injunction against journalist Santiago O’Donnell, who is required to hand over the recordings he made to Mariano Macri in full for the preparation of the book “Hermano.”
As Adepa has already stated, said requirement constitutes an infringement of journalistic secrecy with regard to the search and collection of information, as well as the techniques and procedures applied by the journalist for that purpose.
The guarantee of secrecy and inviolability of the journalistic exercise must also protect the materials, annotations, drafts, comments, data and other elements prepared or obtained by the journalist throughout the investigation process, regardless of whether or not there is a source involved. . Ignoring this guarantee is incompatible with the exercise of free and vigorous journalism.
Requiring access to the materials, drafts or procedures developed by the journalist in the stage of preparing the article limits and obstructs freedom in the preparation of journalistic work, since it inhibits the free formulation of hypotheses, assessments, analyzes or comments that are part professional task, and therefore discourages the exercise of research.