New Jersey's press shield law applies to online news reporters but not to bloggers merely claiming to be journalists, a state appeals court ruled on Thursday in the first New Jersey appellate ruling and only the second in any state to address whether bloggers can invoke news reporters' privilege to protect their sources' identities. Shelle Hale was sued for defamation over online statements that were critical of Too Much Media, a company that provides software chiefly used by Internet pornography providers.
No Reporter Shield for Mere Blogger, N.J. Appeals Court Says
New Jersey Law Journal
April 26, 2010