Should Journalists have privileges? Part Two, Accreditation and Privileged Access – Hugh Tomlinson QC

7 12 2011

The distinction between journalist and citizen is one which is becoming increasingly blurred.  In the first part of this post I argued that despite the rise of the “citizen journalist” the law cannot sensibly extend “journalistic privileges” to everyone who is writing or investigating for possible publication.  In other words, a sub-category of those writing for publication – “accredited journalists” – should be given specific privileges to assist them in their work. Read the rest of this entry »