Bloggers should have Shield Protection

No, not every blogger – but established bloggers devoted to news, politics, etc… Maybe this is something bloggers could get done in their own states?

The latest chapter in the never-ending story – aka “journalist versus blogger – took a new turn on Tuesday when New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled that bloggers and online posters don’t have the same protections for sources as mainstream journalists.

In this case, the court determined that that New Jersey’s shield law for journalists does not extend to online message boards. The case centers around a New Jersey-based software company called Too Much Media, which sued a Washington state blogger for defamation and wanted her to reveal her sources used on message board posts.

The blogger, Shellee Hale posted comments about the company on her website, Pornafia in connection with a story she was preparing about porn. A lower court ruled in 2009 that she was not entitled to shield law protection and an appellate panel upheld that decision later that year.

N.J.: No shield protection for bloggers – Tech Talk – CBS News.

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Post By Joel Watts (9,932 Posts)

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, working on the use of Deuteronomy in the Fourth Gospel. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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