Yes, folks, the ultimate authority on the status of blogging weighed in today. Unfortunately, they did not side with the bloggers.
The Lithuanian Parliament decided that bloggers do not meet its definition of journalists. The reasoning, as reported by Agence France-Presse (via Breitbart):
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[.]
Perhaps in Lithuania, “serious journalists” don’t turn to blogs and bloggers as sources.
What do you think it takes to join a Lithuanian journalists’ union? Just a guess, but I think it would be easier for the blogger whom they ruled against to do that than get a contract with “the media.”
Man, journalists everywhere must be taking this as the serious coup that it is…