An Indiana University longitudinal study of journalists finds they believe more than ever it is important to expose government hypocrisy. Yet they aren't big believers in using confidential documents to do so. The study dates back four decades and has asked a series of questions in 1971, 1982, 1992, 2002 and 2013. The Wire reports an interesting finding is the steep decline in the percentage of journalists who say using confidential documents may be justified (58 per cent, down from 78 per cent in 2002 and more than 80 per cent in 1992).
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill that requires popular online voices to register with the government. Any site with more than 3,000 visitors daily will have to do so. The New York Times reports anonymous blogging is outlawed, and Internet service providers will need to archive for six months any work for bloggers conducted through social media, forums or search engines.
Media outlets in the United States have filed friends-of-the-court briefs against a Federal Aviation Administration appeal of a court ruling involving photography by drones. The court dismissed a fine against a photographer who used drones to make a promotional video. GigaOm reports the FAA has since warned media not to use drones. The media outlets say that amounts to a chill on journalism First Amendment rights and that the FAA does not have the right to subject such photography to regulation.