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Legislature could extend press protections to citizen-journalists, bloggers
Saturday, Mar 14, 2009, 10:29AM CST
By Jennifer Peebles
Vince at Capitol Annex has the lowdown. Here's a snippet:

Citizen journalists and bloggers in Texas would have the same protection to write about politics and other matters of public concern as do members of the “mainstream” press under a bill filed today in the Texas House of Representatives.

House Bill 4237 by State Rep. Aaron Pena (D-Edinburg) would allow bloggers and citizen journalists to be protected by what is known as the “Privileged Matters Clause” in the Texas Civil Practices & Remedies Code. Under the Privileged Matters Clause, newspapers and other periodicals are protected from being sued for libel when reporting on things that happen in a court of law, the proceedings of a government body, or meetings dealing with public issues.

Read the whole thing here.

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