Groups working to protect journalists' press freedoms, the creator of a blog-search tool, weblog publishers, and dozens of individual online journalist/bloggers filed a friend-of-the-court brief (PDF) on April 11 in...

Groups working to protect journalists’ press freedoms, the creator of a blog-search tool, weblog publishers, and dozens of individual online journalist/bloggers filed a friend-of-the-court brief (PDF) on April 11  in Apple v. Does — the case in which Apple Computer is seeking to unmask online journalists’ confidential sources for articles about forthcoming Apple products.

Amici include

Jack M. Balkin Julian Dibbell Feedster, Inc. The First Amendment Project A. Michael Froomkin Gawker Media, Inc. Gothamist,  LLC, Groklaw Happy Mutants, LLC Ben Hammersley Joichi Ito Joel Johnson Kimberly A. Kralowec LawMeme Rebecca MacKinnon Joshua Micah Marshall The Media Bloggers Association Markos Moulitsas Reporters Without Borders Glenn Harlan Reynolds Peter Rojas Jay Rosen Scott Rosenberg Doc Searls Silicon Valley Watcher Kevin Sites Eugene Volokh

Meanwhile, the BBC reports that eight US newspapers and the Associated Press agency have thrown their support behind three bloggers sued by Apple. The news organisations have now filed a court brief which says they should be allowed to protect their sources. If not, they said, it could make  journalists wary of publishing stories which are in the public interest. (PSFK just can’t work out which papers from the BBC article though).

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