Opinion: First Amendment Rights and Journal’s New World

An opinion piece in the Tennessean examines the new global world -- quite literally -- of journalism that is challenging both the notions and definitions of a free press and who is a journalist. Gene Policinski, vice president and executive director of the First Amendment Center, uses Glenn Greenwald as an example of this new challenge: Greenwald is a writer for the British newspaper The Guardian who lives most of the time in Brazil and is a central figure in the sensational disclosures of covert surveillance programs conducted by the U.S. Policinski points out the plight of First Amendment advocates and government advocates of a proposed national “shield law” protecting journalists and sources, who face a thorny problem of deciding in upcoming months who is covered by that law and who is not.