1. If democracy is an engine, a free press is the oil that makes it work. If journalists cannot protect their sources, those sources will dry up and with them the essential lubricant that makes the difference between an inert, formal structure and a mechanism that actually works. Legislation fails to recognize the importance of confidential journalistic sources to the health of the body politic.
2. Instead of upholding the citizens' right to know what government institutions are doing in their name, the courts are effectively terrorizing the journalists who make available that information into betraying the trust of those who have information on what government wishes to withhold from the public.