But let us remind ourselves:
whereas weblogs are an increasingly common medium for self-expression by media professionals as well as private persons, the status of their authors and publishers, including their legal status, is neither determined nor made clear to the readers of the weblogs, causing uncertainties regarding impartiality, reliability, source protection, applicability of ethical codes and the assignment of liability in the event of lawsuits,Okay, I'll try:
- I suppose I am a private person - an interestingly undefined term - I am certainly not a public figure.
- Hang on, I have appeared on TV a couple of times, I have given evidence to Parliamentary committees, I have been interviewed by mainstream media. Am I a 'private person' still?
- Oh, no, actually, I am a 'media professional' - I do get paid (occasionally and generally late) for writing articles.
- But it isn't my main source of income (not really even pin money).
- But my blog does occasionally cover information security, which is what I write professionally about.
- But I am not a member of the NUJ nor have I registered myself with the government as a blogger.
- I am not impartial, clearly, but then neither are MSM journalists.
- Source protection? In the USA this might have some legal standing, maybe, but not in the EU!