“Blogger Lobbies For Journalism Rights”

From the Politico:

    After spending 226 days behind bars — the record for a U.S. journalist withholding information — Josh Wolf is a free man. And the 24-year-old Californian is in Washington now to make sure others like him don’t share his fate.

    Wolf was the first blogger to claim protection under the First Amendment who was sent to jail for not cooperating in a federal investigation. He’s taking on Congress this week, lobbying on behalf of a federal shield law for journalists. One such bill, the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007, was introduced last week. It does not define a journalist by employer, but rather by intent. According to the legislation, a “covered person” is “a person engaged in journalism,” and journalism is defined as “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.”

    If this bill becomes law, Wolf would be considered a journalist, as would other independent bloggers and journalists.

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