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The DC Code: § 16-4702 Compelled disclosure prohibited.

Index16 Particular Actions, Proceedings and Matters. (Refs & Annos)

Except as provided in section 16-4703, no judicial, legislative, administrative, or other body with the power to issue a subpoena shall compel any person who is or has been employed by the news media in a news gathering or news disseminating capacity to disclose:

The source of any news or information procured by the person while employed by the news media and acting in an official news gathering capacity, whether or not the source has been promised confidentiality; or
Any news or information procured by the person while employed by the news media in the course of pursuing professional activities that is not itself communicated in the news media, including any:
Photographs or photographic negatives;
Video or sound tapes;
Film; or
Other data, irrespective of its nature, not itself communicated in the news media.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 16-4702. Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 9-156, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 16-4701. Law 11-30, the "Technical Amendments Act of 1995," was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 11-58, which was referred to the Committee of the Whole. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on February 7, 1995, and March 7, 1995, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on March 22, 1995, it was assigned Act No. 11-32 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 11-30 became effective on July 25, 1995. DC CODE § 16-4702 Current through December 11, 2012


(Sept. 26, 1992, D.C. Law 9-156, § 2, 39 DCR 5682; July 25, 1995, D.C. Law 11-30, § 4, 42 DCR 1547.)