Refusal to reveal sources leads to armed police invading his home
Two weeks before, police investigators showed up at his home to ask him, politely he says, to identify the source who provided him with a confidential police report about the February death of the city’s public defender, Jeff Adachi.
And this is exactly why some sources prefer to stay anonymous, therefore safely able to tell the reporter eveything they know: They fear that the police could go after them, and even captivate them for their own investigations. Reporters don't necessarily work together with the police, and since they don't like to cooperate with the cops, they don't identify. Reporters, on the other hand, seem to bear the risk of being persecuted if they protect their source's anonymity. Brave new world has reached the civilised world.
He works every night from about 10pm to 6am, where he chases news, like car crashes, crime scenes, disasters, weather stories, the release of a new video game – “anything that happens overnight”, he says – and then sells his services and materials he gathers to local stations for their morning broadcasts.
Mr Carmody said he had never been pressured by law enforcement to give up a source before in 29 years of reporting, mentioning, as an example the leaked photographs from San Francisco’s public transportation agency he recently acquired that exposed a safety issue with some trains.
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