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ConservativeHome blogger granted lobby pass

As noted on this blog last month, political bloggers are to be granted the same access to parliament as their mainstream media counterparts.

Who would be the first, we asked. Well, now we learn that ConservativeHome’s Jonathan Isaby is now a proud lobby pass holder – one of, if not the, first blogger members.

“It certainly felt that the case I made was a strong one,” Isaby, who formerly worked for the BBC and the Telegraph, told Journalism.co.uk. As a full-time political blogger, he felt he should have the same access as political journalists. “As a site we break stories that are followed up by the mainstream media,” he said.

Whilst some claimed that ConservativeHome, in which Lord Ashcroft is a majority investor, had too much of a political agenda, he argued that that hadn’t previously precluded other publications, such as the socialist Morning Star, from being part of the lobby.

RCFP: Subpoena to blogger demands identities of readers

“A Virginia-based blogger is fighting a subpoena that seeks the identities of everyone who viewed an online article he wrote about a defamation lawsuit”, the Reporters Committee fro Freedom of the Press reports, via the Citizen Media Law Project.

Full story at this link…

RSF: Turkey blogs are back up ‘provisionally’

Access to Google’s two blog services, Blogger and Blogspot, has been temporarily restored in Turkey. A court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir had blocked them as the result of a complaint by the TV station Digiturk. They are now reactivating them ‘provisionally’ to enable Digitürk, that filed the original complaint about allegedly pirated video footage, to submit all the required evidence.