When asked on Tuesday what impact the ruling would have on Winter’s reporting and her relationships with her sources going forward, Hanswirth emailed back a response. “Today’s decision from New York’s highest court should send a strong signal to all news sources that their confidential information will be protected,” she wrote. “We fully expect Jana’s sources to continue to work with her, knowing that she fought a hard battle and won a significant victory for freedom of speech.”

Because of Tuesday’s ruling, Jana Winter doesn’t have to go to jail to protect her past sources. But—and perhaps her past and potential future sources will take note—she would have.


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Lauren Kirchner is a freelance writer covering digital security for CJR. Find her on Twitter at @lkirchner