What is a shield law, exactly? When can a government official require a reporter to disclose sources or information? Who counts as a journalist under a shield law? What types of sources or information are protected? Is there a big difference between a subpoena and a search warrant? by Jonathon Peters CJR
This is a short and useful overview of the legal basis of “privilege” and in particular how journalists’ work is covered (or not) by privilege.
Brown joins a long list of Labour politicians who are known to have been targeted by private investigators working for News International, including the former prime minister Tony Blair and his media adviser Alastair Campbell, the former deputy prime minister John Prescott and his political adviser Joan Hammell, Peter Mandelson as trade secretary, Jack Straw and David Blunkett as home secretaries, Tessa Jowell as media secretary and her special adviser Bill Bush, and Chris Bryant as minister for Europe. The sheer scale of the data assault on Brown is unusual, with evidence of attempts to obtain his legal, financial, tax, medical and police records as well as to listen to his voicemail. All of these incidents are linked to media organisations. In many cases, there is evidence of a link to News International
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I am sitting in my pajamas, working on getting my syllabii together, and being connected. This would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. We live in an age of information. There is so much information, we not only can share it, but we can make money from analyzing it, creating organizational bundles of information for others who don’t have time or expertise to sort through the over-abundance of information. We can report on that information, whether we’re in pajamas or not.
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The Tyranny Of Government And Our Duty Of Confidentiality As Bloggers. TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington discusses two bloggers who were recently served with subpoenas from the TSA, a government agency. One blogger refused to reveal his sources. The other, who was served as he was babysitting for his children, gave his computer over to the TSA. Arrington asserts that:
“As bloggers, we have a duty of confidentiality to our sources.
The entire organization was seized by their collective panic at lowering revenues, plummeting readership (I quite literally never met a Tribune subscriber socially during my five years in Chicago), and frequently aborted frantic attempts to do something—hastily convened committees to launch new sections produced prototypes that languished for months and months in sad little piles around the newsroom as reminders of the paper’s institutional paralysis. Meanwhile, there were days when the front page consisted almost entirely of wire copy, when editors picked up two-week-old Los Angeles Times stories to fill out sections, and when Lipinski reacted to the appearance of a bad word—actually, a cheeky, punny reference to a bad word in a headline—by dragging editors to the printing plant after hours and forcing them to physically remove the offending section from the next day’s bundled editions. via New York Times Hires Gang Who Killed Chicago Tribune to Kill Tribune – New York Times – Gawker.