March 10, 2005 | By Kurt Opsahl

"Yes, They're Still Journalists"

While we await the Santa Clara County Court's ruling on the online journalists' motion for a protective order in Apple v. Does, the San Jose Mercury News carries the "ruling" from the Fourth Estate: "Yes, they're still journalists":

The debate is not about who gets bragging rights to ink-stained wretchdom. It is about who is shielded under an important law that allows journalists to keep their sources confidential. The law is essential to a journalist's ability to gather information while protecting whistle-blowers inside government, corporations or other organizations. Ultimately, it's essential to a free press.

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