Archives: Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Who is a journalist?

May 18, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: First Amendment, law.

The world of online journalism fluttered a bit last week when the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decided that the journalists subpoenaed in a federal investigation of the leaking of the name of a CIA agent in 2004 did not have any privilege to shield confidential sources. In a concurring opinion, Judge David Sentelle mentioned web logs and “bloggers” in his discussion of the problem of defining a journalist. That nod to bloggers, which seemed to equate them with journalists, was only incidental. The real question for Sentelle was, “Who is a journalist?” His logic is correct, but his conclusion is wrong.

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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

May 17, 2013 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: reporters.

Reporters depend not only on the First Amendment freedom to publish but also the implied First Amendment freedom to gather the news. Issues surrounding how reporters work — and the legal and quasi-legal obstacles they encounter — are covered by an organization called the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Check out this organization’s web site (http://www.rcfp.org) on a regular basis if you want to keep up with the world of reporting.

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