Thursday, November 19, 2009

Journalists Shield Law

As you probably are aware, one of the biggest obstacles in the long-delayed passage of a Federal Journalist's Shield Law (33 states already have one) has been the absence of a widely acceptable legal definition of what is a journalist. This is an enormously knotty problem in this age of bloggers and other "independent" purveyors of what they would like to think of as being journalism in the spirit of those pamphleteers and broadsiders who helped us to secure our liberty. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press puts it into perspective in this recent article:

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