If We Are All Journalists, Should We All Be Protected?

The bloggers vs. journalists debate may seem like something that’s of interest only to media-industry insiders, but it has very real implications for society when it comes to protecting freedom of information, as the case of blogger Crystal Cox has highlighted this week. We’ve written before about the “democracy of distribution” that new media tools like blogs and social networks have created, and how they allow anyone with a smartphone or Twitter account to become a journalist—whether they think of themselves as one or not. Cox’s case reinforces that some governments continue to lag behind in adapting to this transformation.

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