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"It's Judith Miller who shouldn't be covered by the media privilege, not bloggers"

As someone who has spent the week trying explain to friends and family why we should all care about the behavior of New York Times reporter Judy Miller and her employers, I am happy to recommend this essay by Lauren Gelman, associate director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Privacy. Gelman, someone who has a security clearance herself, reflects on the definition of journalism, of blogging, on whom federal shield laws should protect and has a terrific list of links on the subject, including Jay Rosen's Pressthink.

Here's the Gelman sentence that says it all [the bold text is her call]:

"In my opinion, it’s journalists like Judith Miller who collaborate with the government under the guise of security clearances who shouldn’t be covered by the media privilege, not journalists who publish using blogging tools ..."

More here.

Posted by Laurel Newby on October 21, 2005 at 02:20 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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