Court: Newspaper Must Reveal Commenters' Identities

, The National Law Journal

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The Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans cannot shield private identifying information about two people who posted anonymous comments on its website about a corruption probe, a federal appeals court has ruled.

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  • Pancho

    I‘m concerned that this decision could be stretched from a situation where it was contended that federal prosecutors may have inappropriately and/or unethically left feedback at a newspaper website, to establishing a precedent where any person or persons who leave feedback could be identified simply because an individual or a corporation takes offense at or otherwise objects to the feedback. In the case where a whistleblower might have left accurate feedback about a matter of public interest this would seem to be particularly chilling.

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