Michael Booth writes:
The state Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether a blogger sued for defamation over her postings on an internet bulletin board can raise New Jersey’s statutory protection of news reporters’ sources and editorial processes.
A trial judge and the Appellate Division have said no, finding the privilege inapplicable to online posters not engaged in gathering or disseminating news. They found that although Shellee Hale, of Washington State, runs a website reporting on technical and criminal activity in the adult entertainment industry, she was not acting in that capacity when she posted statements on another site that were critical of Too Much Media, a Freehold software company.
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