Overview of changing legal outlook on online journalism

In “Web v. Journalism: Court Cases Challenge Long-Held Principles,” Jane Kirtley looks at how courts are rethinking freedom of the press in the age of the Internet. After a nice review of a range of recent cases, Kirtley notes:

Rights of access, or freedom of expression, are not, and should not be, conditioned on some government official’s idea of what constitutes ‘responsible’ journalism. Judges and legislators should continue to follow the principles that have protected the press, and the public’s right to know, for more than 200 years. But at the same time, those who publish in the new media and are always quick to invoke the First Amendment are challenging so many things held sacred.

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