Anonymous Newspaper Commenters Protected By Same Law That Protects Reporters' Sources
from the all-works-out-the-same dept
While other countries often don’t respect the right to be anonymous, the US has shown a strong willingness to protect anonymity rights. And, here’s another such case, but for a somewhat different reason. Gigalaw points us to the news that a court has ruled that the Billings Gazette newspaper doesn’t need to reveal anonymous commenters, relying on the same state (not federal) law that protects reporters in the state from having to reveal sources. The law specifically says that news organizations are protected from being forced to disclose “any information obtained or prepared” by the news organization — and the identify of anonymous commenters apparently qualifies.