Note to Media: The First Amendment Protects All of Us

May 17 (Bloomberg) -- (UPDATE: As this column was being edited, a new version of the Free Flow of Information Act was introduced in Congress. The revised bill addresses some of my minor criticisms, but unfortunately does little to change the largest problem: a narrow definition of “covered person” that would exclude from statutory protection, for example, bloggers and others who do not engage in journalism “for financial gain or livelihood.” This narrow definition remains an outrage against the First Amendment. I certainly should have included a discussion of the new proposal in the original column, but my conclusion that it’s a bad bill stands.)

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