“ Bloggers should not be considered journalists ” Katherine Colville Student No. 2007931557 What is a blogger? a person who keeps and updates a blog. Blog: an online diary; a personal chronological log of thoughts published on a Web page; also called Web log. Source: Dictionary.com
Student No. 2007931557
How could anyone possibly think that a blogger ‘ranting’ about a topic which interests them is equivalent to journalism – a profession that people study 3-4 years to achieve?
Article 27 of the Basic Law:
“Hong Kong residents shall have freedom of speech, of the press and publication…”
Article 16 of the BORO:
(2) “…freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print…”
Source: Hong Kong Media Law, Weisenhaus, D. p. 4.
Article 16 (3)
“The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph 2…carries with it special duties and responsibilities…”
In particular, respecting the rights and reputations of others is important.
“Two leading citizens of the Web, Tim O'Reilly and Jimmy Wales, have proposed a "Bloggers Code of Conduct." The reason for this code is the phenomenon of people posting extremely nasty verbal comments about other people on Web sites devoted to political and social commentary.”
Bloggers have very little credibility and often do not give an accurate, fairly reported account of a story using any true journalistic methods.