Bush administration not happy with bloggers ‘shield’

June 18, 2007

Unsurprisingly the Bush admin has expressed it’s displeasure at the Free Flow of Information act. The act would allow bloggers engaged in journalistic pursuits to be granted immunity from divulging confidential sources.

“The definition is just so broad that it really includes anyone who wants to post something to the Web,” Rachel Brand, assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing here. She also argued it would protect “a terrorist operative who videotaped a message from a terrorist leader threatening attacks on Americans.”

Sounds a bit ridiculous to me. If a blogger is reporting something then should they have the same rights to privacy for them and their sources as any other person involved in journalism!


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