Cox ruling reaffirms first amendment rights for bloggers


Gregg Leslie of the reporters committee for the freedom of the press Standards set by a 1974 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Gertz v. Robert Welch Inc., apply to everyone, not just journalists; “It’s not a special right to the news media,” he said. “So it’s a good thing for bloggers and citizen journalists and others.” Due to the first amendment and libel, cox is protected by the same free speech rights as Journalist and news media.

This article published in 2011 involves a blogger named blogger Crystal Cox who was being sued over a post she wrote accusing a bankruptcy trustee and Obsidian Finance Group of tax fraud. Due to the protection of the first amendment rights, the lawsuit is not libel in the court of law, unless there is proof of defamation.

Cox was accused and lost the case on deformation when she blogged about accused Obsidian finance group of tax fraud. She was found guilty by a lower court when she couldn’t show proof of her status as a journalist. The 9th court ruling at the circuit court of appeals in San Francisco later stepped in and granted Cox another trial, because Cox was not a traditional journalist in this case didn’t matter. Their main purpose in the case is proving if Cox was liable for defamation and giving Cox to right to be retried for more clarity.


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