Journalists appeal over revealing sources
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MELBOURNE, Feb 4 AAP
February 04 2013, 10:57AM
Two Fairfax journalists have lodged an appeal to Victoria's highest court in a bid to keep their sources confidential in a banknote bribery case.
The Age journalists Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker were summonsed to give evidence at a committal hearing for former executives of a Reserve Bank of Australia subsidiary allegedly involved in a bribery conspiracy to secure contracts to make plastic banknotes.
They were subpoenaed to reveal the identity of confidential sources behind a December 8 article that said an Indonesian businessman had made a deal with the Australian government to testify against the executives.
After being compelled to give evidence by Magistrate Phillip Goldberg, the men sought a judicial review from the Victorian Supreme Court but their application was dismissed after Justice Michael Sifris found they had not made out any of their grounds for review.
The men were expected to take the stand as the magistrates court committal hearing resumed on Monday but their lawyer, Paul Holdenson QC, said the men had appealed the Supreme Court decision late on Friday.
The matter was now before the Court of Appeal, he said.
Mr Holdenson said he would inform the court later on Monday of how long the Court of Appeal process was expected to take.
A group of reporters and union members rallied outside court on Monday morning in support of the two journalists.