Free Flow of Information Act positions bloggers as journalists

The House of Representatives has amended the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 to include provisions to protect bloggers from being required to divulge their sources under certain situations in the same way as journalists. Instead of requiring journalists to be tied to a news organization, the bill now defines “journalism” to focus more on the function of the job: “the gathering, preparing, collecting, photographing, recording, writing, editing, reporting, or publishing of news or information that concerns local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to the public.”

Read this item from Ars Technica

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Filed under Blogosphere, Censorship, Privacy, Regulation, The Politics of New Media

2 responses to “Free Flow of Information Act positions bloggers as journalists

  1. typingisnotactivism

    that’s outstanding. A sad indictment that we are now so bereft of imagination that all things need codifying but, hey, year zero’s en route. Burn it down and salt the earth.

  2. Pingback: So if bloggers are like journalists, should(n’t) they adopt similar ethical standards? « What’s New Media?

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