Today a Federal Appeals Court ruled that bloggers do indeed have protection under the First Amendment of the Constitution:
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages.
Here is what Gregg Leslie of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press had to say about this decision:
“It’s not a special right to the news media,” he said. “So it’s a good thing for bloggers and citizen journalists and others.
He is spot on and of course he is right about the First Amendment. Naturally bloggers should be protected under the First Amendment for the first amendment applies to everyone, the Federal government should not be able to pick and chose who has rights and who does…
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