Court Rules 'Bloggers' Entitled to Free Speech Protection

Dan Levine, reporting for Reuters:

A blogger is entitled to the same free speech protections as a traditional journalist and cannot be liable for defamation unless she acted negligently, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.


“As the Supreme Court has accurately warned, a First Amendment distinction between the institutional press and other speakers is unworkable,” 9th Circuit Judge Andrew Hurwitz wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel.

In the 21st century world of Internet publishing, this is an important step. Good news.

(via Stephen Hackett)