Shield law protects newspapers & broadcasters, but not magazines (and bloggers?)

Shield law protects newspapers & broadcasters, but not magazines (and bloggers?): (From AP) “A federal appeals court ruled that Alabama’s shield law does not protect Sports Illustrated from having to identify a confidential source for a defamation suit against the magazine….The three-judge panel, siding with a lower court, held that Alabama’s law specifically mentions protecting newspapers and broadcasters from disclosing confidential sources, but does not mention magazines and therefore does not cover them.”

While I’m not a lawyer, I can’t help but think such a ruling — that a state shield law protects the specific medium and not the journalist — is not a good sign for online journalists (especially those in Alabama), including those who practice journalism via a weblog.

2 thoughts on “Shield law protects newspapers & broadcasters, but not magazines (and bloggers?)

  1. Wow, I bet a bunch of state press associations are going to be looking at their shield laws to see how they read. I’m sure state blogger associations will be doing the same.

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