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31 May 2012

POSTED BY DJackson IN General | May 31st, 2012 | 6 responses

Shield laws for bloggers welcomed

New shield laws that will give bloggers and tweeters the same rights as professional journalists to protect their sources have been welcomed by the jounalists’ union, the Media, Entertainment Arts Alliance, as “groundbreaking”.

The House of Represenatives yesterday backed laws that will ensure that anyone involved in the production of news – regardless of where they work – can seek to avoid a source being identified.

Jonathan Este, director of communications at MEAA, commented: “We’re happy that the new laws are as broad as they are, and go further than people working in mainstream media.”

“And we like that the onus has shifted from the journalist to the applicant: whoever is saying ‘show us your sources’, needs to explain why it’s in the public’s interest for sources to be revealed.”

To a question on whether ‘citizen journalists’ are now as equally credible as professional journalists, Este said: “Let’s not get too hung up on who’s a journalist and who isn’t. The question is what is journalism. Which is to keep the public informed.”

Read the full story here: http://mumbrella.com.au/shield-laws-for-bloggers-welcomed-42383

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