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Thursday, September 2, 1999 Published at 14:46 GMT 15:46 UK

World: Europe

Journalist loses notes ruling

A journalist in Northern Ireland has failed to overturn a court order that he must hand over to police notes of an interview with a man charged with killing a leading nationalist lawyer, Pat Finucane.

The journalist, Ed Moloney, has been given a week to comply with the order; he's previously said he'll refuse, even if it means going to prison.

He says that if he hands over the notes of his interview with William Stobie -- who was recently charged with murdering Mr Finucane in 1986 -- he may be in danger, and will no longer be trusted by potential sources.

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