The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether a blogger, being sued for defamation over her postings on a Web bulletin board, can cloak herself in the New Jersey Shield Law and refuse to disclose a source.

The justices are being asked whether the Legislature, in the relevant portion of the Shield Law, N.J.S.A. 2A:84A-21a(b), was meant to protect a class of writers that did not exist when it was enacted in 1977: those who post their writings on their own websites and on other online media.

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