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In order to protect the public interest and the free flow of information, the news media should
have the benefit of a substantial privilege not to reveal sources of information or to disclose
unpublished information. To this end, the freedom of press requires protection of the confidential
relationship between the news gatherer and the source of information. The purpose of sections
595.021 to 595.025 is to insure and perpetuate, consistent with the public interest, the confidential
relationship between the news media and its sources.
History: 1973 c 735 s 2; 1Sp1981 c 4 art 1 s 182