Blogs: new form, novel challenges

Monday, March 24, 2008

Like any other kind of communication, blogging can raise First Amendment challenges and issues.

In a research article on the First Amendment Center Online, First Amendment Scholar David L. Hudson Jr. explores a number of crucial questions about this relatively new — and burgeoning — world of blogs:

  • Are bloggers journalists? Should bloggers who gather and report news be protected by reporter-privilege laws?

  • Should bloggers who post messages anonymously that others consider defamatory be able to keep their identities unknown?

  • Can public employers discipline their employees for making critical or off-color comments on their blogs about their workplace or fellow employees?

  • Should bloggers be subject to campaign-finance laws?

  • Do some bloggers take First Amendment freedoms too far?

    See the article.