What’s news?

Cameron Slater who runs Whaleoil has been ordered by a judge to reveal his sources because his blog “isn’t a news medium”.

But media law expert says he has a good case to appeal.

. . . Media lawyer Steven Price says he appears to have a good case because the act defines a news medium as one that disseminates news, which he says Whale Oil does.

And he said, a recent Law Commission report talks about bloggers being important to free speech.

A paper on media law at university while studying journalism more than three decades ago doesn’t make me a media law expert.

But I went to the dictionary and found the definition of news:newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events.

Whale Oil breaks a lot of stories which appears to fit that definition.


3 Responses to What’s news?

  1. Mr E says:

    Interesting precedent. He should appeal IMO.


  2. Quintin Hogg says:

    Mr E,

    Whale is appealing the judges ruling to the High Court. The outcome will be interesting.
    Judge Blackie, who is generally a good judge, seems to have overlooked the evolution of media and journalism in the past 5 years. Traditional news outlets radio, TV and print are being matched by the internet blogs and twitter.


  3. Mr E says:

    I use this blog as ‘news’


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