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Does blogging defy reporting restrictions?

It’s argued that the art of blogging defies the constraints and limitations of the media world in this internet age. The Malcolm Coles post on blogging and reporting restrictions accentuates this flaw. Earlier this year the name Alfie Patten became public knowledge. Speculation began after the 13-year-old was to become an extremely young father following a leaked DNA test. This revealed a major problem with reporting restrictions.

While the court has been responsible for imposing restrictions on professional journalists and companies, it seems bloggers now hold the power and are exempt from these restrictions. This poses a serious problem for the off-the-record theory. Citizens have access where journalists don’t. But some citizens are reporting from these restricted areas as citizen journalists.



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