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Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK
Journalist refuses to reveal sources
Inquiry is examining events on Bloody Sunday
An award-winning BBC journalist has repeated his refusal to reveal his sources to the Bloody Sunday inquiry.

Peter Taylor, who has made several programmes for ITN and BBC on the Northern Ireland Troubles, including a 1992 documentary on Bloody Sunday, has refused to reveal several republican, British Army and police sources.

The inquiry is examining the events of 30 January 1972 when 13 civilians were shot dead by British army soldiers during a civil rights march in the city. A 14th person died later.

In his latest statement to the inquiry on Tuesday, Mr Taylor insisted his refusal to disclose sources was "not motivated by any desire to inconvenience or hinder the inquiry".

Peter Taylor: Award-winning journalist
Peter Taylor: Refusing to reveal sources

He claimed disclosing his sources would undermine his future reporting of events in Northern Ireland.

The information sought by the inquiry includes Army sources used in the 1992 BBC documentary `Remember Bloody Sunday', IRA sources in the same documentary and Provisional IRA sources mentioned in Mr Taylor's book `Provos - the IRA and Sinn Fein' who revealed the orders given to them on the day.

"My motivation is simply my wish to preserve my ability to carry out my duties as a journalist and to protect those who have assisted me in the past," he said.

He has also refused to reveal a source in a Sunday Times article on 26 January 1992 who claimed an Official IRA gunman fired shots in Bishop Street and IRA, Army and Royal Ulster Constabulary sources referred to in notebooks handed over to the inquiry.


Mr Taylor is one of several journalists to refuse to disclose their sources to the inquiry.

Channel Four news presenter Alex Thomson and his former producer Lena Ferguson were warned last month they could be in contempt of court if they refused to disclose the identities of soldiers they interviewed.

Ulster Television and Daily Telegraph journalists have also been instructed to reveal their sources.

Another journalist was warned on Monday by the inquiry's chairman, Lord Saville he could be forced at a future date to disclose IRA sources used in an unpublished article.

Inquiry chairman Lord Saville
Lord Saville: Inquiry chairman

Under cross examination, former Sunday Times reporter Derek Humphry would not reveal the identities of two republicans - the head of the Bogside IRA and a woman who was reported to be at a hastily arranged meeting of Provisionals when the shootings on Bloody Sunday started.

Lord Saville of Newdigate and the commonwealth judges accompanying him on the Bloody Sunday inquiry began their work nearly four years ago.

They are not expected to report back until 2004.

The Bloody Sunday inquiry was established in 1998 by Prime Minister Tony Blair after a campaign by families of those killed and injured.

They felt that the Widgery Inquiry, held shortly after the shootings, did not find out the truth about what happened on Bloody Sunday.

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