April 18th, 2008
Health journalists oppose hospital confidentiality agreements
By David Cuillier
The Association of Health Care Journalists is urging reporters to not sign confidentiality agreements with hospitals, which prevent journalists from disclosing information without a hospital’s permission. The agreements, which appear to be originally written for hospital employees, threaten civil and criminal prosecution for divulging any information the hospital deems personal or private. See examples of these outrageous forms of prior restraint at the AHCJ Web site.