Bloggers as Amateur Journalists and Their Position under the Regulatory System of the Press in the UK

Ismail Nawang, Nazli (2012) Bloggers as Amateur Journalists and Their Position under the Regulatory System of the Press in the UK. Malaysian Journal of Law and Society, 16. pp. 69-78. ISSN 1394-7729

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The evolution of the Web 2.0, commonly referred to as the ‘new’ read – write web, has led to the appearance of various forms of user-generated content (UGC) including weblogs (blogs). Blogs are web-based publications that are frequently updated and usually shown in reverse chronological order. They play a significant role as ‘watchdog to watchdog’ (mainstream media) by providing information from many sources, revealing media bias and influencing opinion on a wide scale vision called ‘participatory media’. Sometimes, blogs disseminate first-hand reports and details which the mainstream media ignore or have too little preference or time to investigate. Nonetheless, though blogs are now emerging as a citizen-based form of journalism and bloggers could rightly be treated as amateur journalists, their status under the current regulatory system is still undecided. This uncertainty becomes more complicated as convergence and digital technology have facilitated the traditional media to emulate and establish their presence in the blogosphere as well. This development raises a serious cause for concern as amateur bloggers in the United Kingdom (the UK) are yet to be governed by any specific regulatory regime whilst blogs associated with the print media websites are subjected to the rules and regulatory controls of the Press Complaints Commission (the PCC). As such, this study seeks to highlight the importance and role of blogs in relation to journalism, to analyse the self-regulatory system of the PCC in connection with the governance of blogs in the UK and to evaluate the possibility of applying or extending relevant legal principles and standards to bloggers in the country.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: blogs, amateur journalists, regulation of the press, the United Kingdom
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Law, Accountancy & International Relations
Depositing User: Mr Nazli Ismail
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2015 08:03
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2015 08:03

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