On free speech and blogging: The First Amendment applies to everyone, not just journalists

#AceNewsServices says “One Step Closer to Curbing Free Speech” as Judge Upholds “First Amendment to Mean Blogger’s Not Just Journalists” #freespeech


When Montana blogger Crystal Cox lost her defamation case in 2011, the decision was greeted by a chorus of cheers from journalists, who were quick to argue that Cox wasn’t a journalist in any real sense of the word, and therefore didn’t deserve any protection from the First Amendment. An appeals court for the Ninth Circuit has disagreed, however: on Friday, a panel of judges overturned the original decision and said that Cox was in fact entitled to protection.

The implications of this ruling go beyond just a single defamation case. It’s another link in a chain of decisions that are gradually helping to extend the principle of free-speech protection beyond professional journalism to anyone who is publishing information with public value — and as such, it helps shift the focus away from trying to define who is a journalist and puts it where it should be: on protecting…

View original post 715 more words

#acenewsservices, #freespeech, #bloggers, #first-amendment, #freedom-of-speech, #journalists