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    Exclamation Senate panel OKs measure defining a journalist

    WASHINGTON A Senate panel has approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader legislation to protect reporters and the news media from revealing their sources.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013...est=latestnews
    We need to keep a close eye on this. Could this be a move to make filming the police unlawful except for "covered journalists."

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    More chillingly, I suspect it is a way to curtail 1st amendment rights in general and most notably prevent anything other than the "officially recognized press" from having the protections afforded the press.
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    Is there a "the press" or is there not? Sounds like "shall not be infringed" has reached the First Amendment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare View Post
    Is there a "the press" or is there not? Sounds like "shall not be infringed" has reached the First Amendment.
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    You read my mind on this one.

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    This is going to be fun. Several other totalitarian regiems have tried to cut out bloggers - who managed to survive anyhow.

    Back when there was a need for a physical printing machine it was easier to pull off this sort of thing. Not so much any more.

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    I eagerly await the day when the old media, their monopolistic schemes (most notably copywrong and Imaginary Property), archaic business models, and armies of lawyers and lobbyists go the way of the dinosaur.
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    "We're closer than we've ever been before to passing a strong and tough media shield bill," Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said. "Thanks to important bipartisan compromises, we've put together a strong bill that balances the need for national security with that of a free press."

    Further down in the article...

    Feinstein introduced an amendment that defines a "covered journalist" as someone who gathers and reports news for "an entity or service that disseminates news and information." The definition includes freelancers, part-timers and student journalists, and it permits a judge to go further and extend the protections to any "legitimate news-gathering activities."

    http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-...,4553946.story
    It seems that we are getting closer to a UK Official Secrets Act.

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    The legislature can define "journalist" all they want. They can even apply that definition in laws--until they use that definition to decide who has Freedom of the Press. As soon as they do that, the courts will apply their own (likely very broad) definition. If the legislated definition is not as broad as the one the court uses, the government loses the case.

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    Not too long ago some elected moron was on the news pontificating whether bloggers were "the press" and therefore deserving of First Amendment protections. HELLO!!! Every American gets First Amendment protection.
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