Shield Law Extended to Bloggers in New Jersey


Shield Law Extended to Bloggers in New Jersey

by Joel N. Kreizman on May 8, 2013

New Jersey continues to have one of the broadest journalist shield laws in the country. Most recently, a state court judge for the first time extended the privilege to an independent blogger.

As we have previously discussed on this Business Law Blog, the New Jersey Shield Law (N.J.S.A. 2A:84A-21) provides a privilege to members of the “news media” that allows them to refuse to disclose sources and other information obtained in the course of pursuing their professional activities. “News media” is defined as “newspapers, magazines, press associations, news agencies, wire services, radio, [and] television” or “other similar… means of disseminating news to the general public” _ _ whether “printed, photographic, mechanical or electronic.”

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