Oral Histories may be subpoenaed

This is a very interesting newspaper article from the New York Times which discusses the possibility that oral histories collected in the 1990s may be subpoenaed by the British government.  They were collected on the understanding they would not be published till after the death of the interviewees.  The article raises an issue that some interviewers may need to be aware of when doing interviews of a particularly sensitive nature related to some historical events.  Your comments are welcome.  See New York Times  Here is another article on the same topic which says if the subpoena is successful, all other interviews may have to be destroyed to prevent them being subpoenaed, click here. As at 18 June 2011 there is more on this story with a radio interview, click here.

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