Monday, March 07, 2005

Bloggers take a hit

Found a great link to comments on a recent court ruling:

California Shield Laws Don't Protect Bloggers

In this case, a judge ruled that the state's shield laws that protect journalists from revealing confidential sources do NOT apply to bloggers. In the case Apple v. Doe, California Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ruled that three bloggers had to reveal the sources that told them about new products Apple would be releasing.

From the facts of the case, it seems Judge Kleinberg does not recognize blogging as a form of journalism worthy of First Amendment protection. His opinion seems aligned with many in the "mainstream media", who dismiss blogging as nothing more than "trash writing."


Blogger Jessie Costello said...

I can't say I'm totally shocked by the judge's reasoning -- I mean, so many people in this world do not even know what blogging is. I hope that in the future, though, bloggers will be considered part of the journalism world.

March 9, 2005 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger yourCareBear said...

I didn't realize that people's lives... in which most cases are what their blogs are about... was/is considered 'trash talking'. I think that what we write should be kept private... if that particular blogger wishes it to public they too should also have that choice. Besides, don't we as American's have the right of: FREEDOM OF SPEECH! I say BLOG on my friends!

March 9, 2005 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger K. Donald Kondik said...

This is a tricky one. THe governement, though, as evidenced by the case involving Judith Miller, is not protecting journalists as it should. I personally am kind of on record as saying that bloggers, in many cases, aren't really journalists. I think judges should have discretion in that - is Josh Marshall a journalist (yes). Are the guys at Power Line (probably not). But I guess if you're doing journalistic things you should be protected by journalistic codes. Damn. This is a tough one.

March 12, 2005 at 11:32 AM  
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