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    Bloggers are Press too

    Bloggers are Press too

    From Trochilus Tales, NJ Superior Court Judge: Blogger Protected By State Shield Law:

    A New Jersey Superior Court Judge, Karen M. Cassidy, A.J.S.C., has issued a written opinion (posted by CountyWatchers, here and hereafter cited as “decis”) quashing a subpoena that had been issued by the Union County Prosecutor, Theodore Romankow, whose office had been seeking to compel a county-oriented blogger by the name of Tina Renna, to disclose the sources for a few recent posts (e.g., here, here, and here) which Tina wrote revealing details about a number of Union County, NJ local employees were misusing their official positions to make personal use county property (portable electrical generators) during the recent “superstorm” Sandy….

    The judge rejected several arguments that had been advanced by the State urging that Renna and her organizational blogger participants were not journalists at all (citing as evidence the fact that they had not previously identified themselves as such), petty ruminations about spelling and grammatical errors contained in her posts, and a claim that she and her blog participants were identifiable as advocates for political change, rather than as journalists.

    This is an important ruling because bloggers increasingly are doing the work the mainstream media refuses, or can’t afford, to do.

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    Comments

    I am glad that there is still some sanity in areas of the judiciary. I agree, any ruling which strengthens the 1st amendment and the power of a free press is a good thing in my opinion.

    Let the Legal Insurrection continue! Viva la Bloggers!


     
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    Rosalie | April 14, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    What would we know without bloggers? Okay, Fox helps, but bloggers are better.


     
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    Valerie | April 14, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Both Thomas Paine and Ben Franklin would be bloggers if they were around today. Bloggers are classic press, and certainly no more politically oriented than the New York Times.

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