The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled on Friday that the First Amendment applies equally to bloggers (and anyone speaking to the public) and the press when sued for defamation.  The court held that the identity of the speaker was irrelevant to First Amendment cases—what was important was the public-figure status of the plaintiff and the public importance of the statement. The court also reiterated the position that “a First Amendment distinction between the institutional press and other speakers is unworkable.”

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Meg Burton is a Legal Fellow at Stream Industry. She is a member of the State Bar of California. In law school, she served as an Associate on the Federal Communications Law Journal. She writes about the areas of Communications and Telecommunications Law.

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