Recently, a judge in the US state of Oregon ruled that bloggers are not journalists. This ruling sparked a recurring discussion about whether bloggers have the same legal rights as members of the media.

As netizens all over the world challenge their governments by taking to the internet and social media, the line between activist and blogger is often blurred. Punishments often include years in prison without any legal process. Governments argue such dissidence is a threat to security.

Critics maintain that bloggers are detained as an attempt to stifle dissent. As the list of bloggers in prison continues to grow, many are calling for them to be afforded the same legal rights as journalists.

Syrian blogger Rami Nakhle; Trevor Timm, activist from the Electronic Frontier Foundation; and Mona Kareem, a blogger from Global Voices joined us on Wednesday.

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