Hamish McKenzie - source withholder, London, Ontario

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Has a precedent been set?

A New York Times journalist jailed for four months for not divulging a source for a story she didn't even write. A Time journalist who's going to confess all with the last-minute support of his anonymous source.

But what will happen to Karl Rove? Any higher bids than nothing?

"If journalists cannot be trusted to guarantee confidentiality, then journalists cannot function, and there cannot be a free press," said Judith Miller, the jailed journalist.

Such simple, powerful words. Let's hope they aren't rendered meaningless.

There could be one good thing to come of this: Miller might just become a martyr.