May 31, 2010

Licensing: Another Way to Gag Patriotic Bloggers.

Senator Bruce Patterson says that the general public is being overwhelmed by an increasing number of media outlets--traditional, online and citizen generated--and an even greater amount misinformation.  To this end, he is introducing legislation that will regulate reporters much like the state does with hairdressers, auto mechanics and plumbers

The bill requires that must provide the licensing board proof of:
--"Good moral character” and demonstrate they have industry “ethics standards acceptable to the board.”
--Possession of a degree in journalism or other degree substantially equivalent.
--Not less than 3 years experience as a reporter or any other relevant background information.
--Awards or recognition related to being a reporter.
--Three or more writing samples.
Reporters will also have to pay an application and registration fee.," reported Friday.

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