Survey says bloggers should have First Amendment protections

Survey says bloggers should have First Amendment protections:  Here are the “top line” results from a survey related to blogging released today by the web hosting company, Hostway.

Among many other things, the survey finds that, “more than 50 percent
of respondents who shared their opinions on First Amendment rights said
bloggers should benefit from the same First Amendment liberties and
protections as professional journalists.”

On a somewhat related note, AP is reporting that, “more than a half-dozen news organizations are supporting three online
journalists who published articles about a top-secret technology
product that Apple Computer Inc. says was protected by trade secret

(Note: “more than a half-dozen” is a quantity only a reporter could dream up.)

Here is the list of companies filing an amicus brief in support of the defendents in the case: 

Los Angeles Times (Tribune Co.)
San Francisco
Chronicle (Hearst)
San Jose Mercury News (Knight Ridder)
San Diego Union-Tribune (Copley Press)
County Register (Freedom Communications)
Bee newspapers (Sacramento, Fresno and Modesto) (McClatchy)
California Newspaper Publishers Association
California First Amendment Coalition.