N.J. Judge Orders Local Blogger to Defend Journalist Status

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By: Lilly Chapa | Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

A New Jersey Superior Court judge recently ordered a blogger to defend her status as a journalist and explain why the state’s shield law applies to her in order to avoid revealing the names of government officials she accused of wrongdoing.

Union County prosecutors have subpoenaed blogger Tina Renna for the names of 16 government officials who she accused online of misusing county generators after Hurricane Sandy.

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