Montana judge extends MSM legal rights to NM

A District Court judge found that the state shield law that protects reporters from disclosing anonymous sources also protects the identity of anonymous commenters on a newspaper’s Web site. This is consistent with other New Media cases across North America that extends law designed for mainstream media, such as libel and defamation, to new media. It also works on the flip side: legal protection assigned to MSM, such as the US right for media to keep their sources confidential, extends to the blogosphere and other types of new media, including a newspaper’s website and commentary posts.

Billings (Montana) Gazette, 6 September 2008