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Tue., June 7, 2011, 11:28 a.m.

Shield Law Doesn’t Protect Bloggers

Item: NJ court says shield law doesn't apply to bloggers: The New Jersey Supreme Court says bloggers and online posters don't have the same protections for sources as mainstream journalists/Beth DeFalco, AP. H/T: Orbusmax

More Info: People who post to online message boards don't have the same protections as mainstream journalists when it comes to keeping their sources secret, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court said in a unanimous ruling against a Washington state woman that New Jersey's shield law provides broad protection to the news media and is not limited to traditional news outlets like newspapers and magazines, but does not apply to message board posters.

Question: Does this New Jersey decision worry you?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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