Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Lithuanian Court Defends Bloggers Against Grave Insult

Bloggers are not journalists, Lithuanian parliament says

An Internet blogger in new EU member state Lithuania vowed Tuesday to fight a parliamentary decision refusing him accreditation on the grounds that he was not a legitimate journalist.

"This decision does not allow me to enjoy the rights and protection other journalists are entitled to," Liutauras Ulevicius, author of the www.blogas.lt/liutauras, said.

Parliament rejected his application for accreditation, saying he and other bloggers do not meet the legal definition of a journalist.

"The Media Law describes a journalist as a person who collects, disseminates and provides information to the media, based on a contract with the media, or who is a member of a journalists' union," parliament's education, science and culture committee said.

Not sure why Liutauras Ulevicius is seeking out damaging insinuations, perhaps he has been recently released from the mental hospital or he's a liberal.

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