In recent weeks, the debate over whether bloggers should receive the same legal protection as journalists has intensified.
After Gizmodo tech blogger Jason Chen wrote about a stolen next generation iPhone, police searched his home and seized his computers. Under state and federal law, police can’t issue a search warrant to confiscate the property of a journalist. Gizmodo’s parent company, Gawker Media, demanded the computers be returned, saying Chen is a journalist and qualifies for legal protection. The company is considering filing a lawsuit against police.
Closer to home, a Bellevue entrepreneur, blogger, and mother of four is battling a recent court decision that denied her protection under journalism’s shield law. [Read more...]