Is It A Free Speech Violation To Deny Press Credentials To Bloggers?

from the seems-unlikely dept

Well, here's a case that may interest various bloggers who like to get press credentials to various events. Three "alternative" journalists in New York City are suing the NY Police Department for denying them press credentials, because they work for online or nontraditional publications. To be honest, it's difficult to see this lawsuit going very far. If a court finds that the NYPD is somehow required to give any alternative journalist press credentials, then it basically means that anyone can get press credentials (as, these days, anyone can become part of the press with a fews clicks) -- and makes the whole concept of press credentials meaningless. Of course, there are some who might say that's not a bad idea. But, on the whole, it seems like the NYPD (and anyone else) should be free to give out press credentials to whoever they want. It's not denying anyone's ability to report on things -- it's just determining what kind of access they have. The freedom of the press is about the freedom to report and publish -- not the freedom to go wherever they want and access whoever they want.
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    Steve, 17 Nov 2008 @ 2:26pm

    I work in the television media. Bloggers are not the media. Period. End of discussion. Want media credentials? Get a job in the media or get sent be a legitimate media outlet to cover the event. I've handled credential issuing before for Toronto Film Festival and if I had a dollar for every hack with a website and a camera looking for media credentials, I'd be rich. Blogging is a GREAT thing, it really is but it does not constitute the legitimate media.

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