SA whistleblowers bill to be debated

Whistleblowers may soon have stronger protections under a bill to be introduced to parliament in South Australia.

The Liberal government will introduce legislation to shield journalists from criminal or civil liability if they do not disclose the identity of their sources when the information is in the public interest, Attorney-General Vickie Chapman says.

"This legislation enhances the public's right to know by encouraging whistleblowers to come forward on the understanding that journalists will not be forced to disclose their identity in a court of law," Ms Chapman said.