Federal Judge: Bloggers Don’t Have Same Free Speech Protection as Mainstream Press

A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that bloggers who aren’t affiliated with what the government recognizes as a mainstream “news outlet” don’t have the same rights to freedom of the press enshrined in the First Amendment as members of the mainstream media.

The ruling was related to a lawsuit against a blogger in Montana who posted information critical of an Oregon attorney handling a bankruptcy case. A state shield law is also in place which would have protected officially approved journalists from being sued for a similar article.

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Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.