The bloggers versus journalists’ debate was reopened recently when an Oregon court ruled that investigative blogger Crystal Cox was not protected under the state’s media shield law. Should she have been?
That is the question that a lot of people are asking. Crystal Cox, who runs hundreds of blogs on legal and financial matters, was sued earlier this year by the Obsidian Finance Group on claims of defamation. Cox, who defended herself in court, argued that the content she published was factual based on information she received from an inside source.
However, because the court did not consider her to be part of the media, her argument had no substance. As a result, she was ordered to pay $2.5 million in damages to Obsidian Finance.
Cox spoke with WebProNews and told us that she does, in fact, consider herself to be a journalist. Although she is not certain as to what her next action will be, she did tell us that she would continue to fight for bloggers to be treated the same way as journalists are.
Should bloggers and journalists be treated equally?