Lithuanian Parliament tromps on bloggers
In California, bloggers are getting journalistic standing in the eyes of the Court system, as codified by that State’s Court of Appeal.
But in Lithuania, the denial continues:
“An Internet blogger in new EU member state Lithuania vowed Tuesday to fight a parliamentary decision refusing him accreditation on the grounds that he was not a legitimate journalist.
“This decision does not allow me to enjoy the rights and protection other journalists are entitled to,” Liutauras Ulevicius, author of the www.blogas.lt/liutauras, said.
Parliament rejected his application for accreditation, saying he and other bloggers do not meet the legal definition of a journalist.”
Let’s play a game. For a blogger to achieve standing as a journalist, say in Don Mills, they’d have to: 1) base investigative pieces on a single human source; 2) confuse what the questions they ask subjects with the answers the subjects gave in response, and then run the amalgam as a quote; 3) identify the same unnamed source in a story using two different “identifiers”?
Or, all of the above?