The Fifth Circuit has applied the reporter's privilege equally to disclosures made in camera to the court. Before requiring in camera disclosure, the party seeking disclosure must pass the Miller test by demonstrating the party's compelling interest in the information; that the information cannot be obtained from another source; and that the information is relevant. Selcraig, 705 F.2d at 798-99.
However, in Cinel, the District Court held that Section 45:1459 of the Louisiana shield law does not apply to information sought by the court for sealed, in camera, inspection. Cinel v. Connick, 792 F. Supp. 492, 499 (E.D. La. 1992). The court balanced the need for the information against the "chilling effect" that such "extremely limited disclosure" could have on the media's First Amendment rights as defined in Ridenhour. Because the media defendants could not prove such disclosure would "chill" freedom of the press, the Court held that the privilege did not prevent in camera and under seal disclosure of inventories of unpublished information. Id. at 500.