Web v. Journalism: Court Cases Challenge Long-Held Principles

December 2008
Nieman Reports;Winter2008, Vol. 62 Issue 4, p54
The article examines the legal issues created by online journalism. The massive growth of citizen journalism, online journalism, and forms such as blogs on the Internet, which often provide anonymous and unattributed information, is seen as having led judges in many jurisdictions to issue rulings which allow for prior restraint on publication of information, overturning decades of precedent. This poses a new challenge to established principles of press freedom. The Internet has also created many more disputes over copyright law and proprietary information.


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