Journalists Sue For Info About Wikipedia Edits
Journalists for the Associated Press are suing in the state of Arkansas to learn which state computers were used to make Wikipedia edits. They are suing the governor of Arkansas and others for violating the Freedom of Information Act.
The two who initiated the lawsuit are Arkansas News Editor Kelly P. Kissel and reporter Jon Gambrell. They filed the lawsuit against Governor Mike Beebe, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, and IT officials.
They want the physical locations of five computers that were used to edit information about Republican presidential candidate and former Governor Mike Huckabee, Beebe, and others. Huckabee is a Republican and is a presidential candidate.
The journalists used a Web site called WikiScanner to track changes to Wikipedia. The changes include deleting personal and professional details about Huckabee. He granted a controversial pardon and questions about his personal use of a state-owned airplane. Beebe’s Wikipedia entry was also changed and information about his personal life was deleted.
A hearing date is not set yet.