US appeals court rules bloggers, public have same First Amendment protection as journalists

  • by: JEFF BARNARD , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 17, 2014 - 7:45 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that bloggers and the public have the same First Amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation: If the issue is of public concern, plaintiffs have to prove negligence to win damages.

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