Monday, November 27, 2006

Judge says blogger is journalist

Good news in this short story in the New York Times today -- a Canadian judge says a blogger who was arrested while trying to cover a protest (while "journalists" nearby were not) is basically a journalist.

Seems like a nice instance of common sense prevailing. Heck, even the cops say they regularly read Charles LeBlanc's blog to gather intelligence on protests.

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At 12/4/06, 2:03 PM, Anonymous Will Atkinson said...

I was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and it was interesting to see this quaint city briefly hold the Web's attention.

Still, I'm not sure if this guy should be a "journalist."

From the story:
Mr. LeBlanc said he had considered improving his skills by studying journalism at a local university. That is, until its journalism department accepted a donation of 1 million Canadian dollars from the Irvings. “Do you think I could study in a classroom listening to an Irving employee?” he asked.

So everyone who teaches at a university is an "employee" of the companies that donate to said university? I think not.

At 12/10/06, 12:05 AM, Anonymous kpaul said...

score another one for the little guys. may 2007 be the year...


At 12/14/06, 2:00 AM, Blogger Paul said...

More tnan 20 years ago I requested a spot on the press bench for a hearing in New Zealand's highest court. This in practice meant permission to take notes. I had no experience and no qualifications. The bench had no hesitation in grantin the request. As a consequence, matters were aired in print that needed to be. It might well be that a blogger is more sensible than a reporter in traditional media. Sense has prevailed here.


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