Confidentiality ensures the restriction and limitation of access and privacy of information from sources. Journalists are required to adhere to confidentiality laws depending on the type of sources they are working with and the variety of information they handle. Authorities are unable to force a journalist to unveil their source if they are anonymous under what is called the reporter's privilege. Some publications only allow their writers to user anonymous sources under extreme circumstances in order to avoid any issues due to confidentiality.

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