Senator Wants Government to Decide Who is a Journalist - Page 2
Durbin goes on, "The leaks of classified information about the NSA’s surveillance operations and an ongoing Justice Department investigation into who disclosed secret documents to the Associated Press have brought this issue back to the forefront and raised important questions about the freedom of speech, freedom of the press and how our nation defines journalism."
As TechDirt points out, this administration isn't interested in protecting whistleblowers. Giving them free reign to prosecute journalists who they decide are not journalists will only allow the government to expand a ring of censorship. Only freedom of the press protections are protecting journalists these days, but as Durbin makes clear (and he most likely isn't the only one) that might not be enough in the near future.
Journalism as it exists today is an amalgamation of social media, blogging and traditional media outlets. It appears that Durbin is defining journalism by the media, rather than the output. It is hard to define a tweet as journalism, but if it's from a journalist about an article he/she wrote? There are too many variables to consider. All that is known is that journalists, traditional or otherwise, might need to start keeping civil liberty lawyers on retainer.