Thanks to Dorothy for passing along this item about a woman in Texas with an education blog who is getting sued by her district for saying bad things about administrators. To whit:
"The postings accuse Superintendent Lynne Cleveland, trustees and administrators of lying, manipulation, falsifying budget numbers, using their positions for “personal gain,” violating the Open Meetings Act and spying on employees, among other things.
Tetley (the blogger) said the postings were opinions only."
What's interesting is who they are threatening to sue:
"Feldman (the district's lawyer) cited 16 examples of what he says are libelous postings. Half were posted by Tetley; the other half were posted by anonymous users."
I'm assuming he'd have to get a subpoena for who the anonymous posters were in order to sue them . From what people here have said about their wish to remain anonymous, well, there's anonymous and there's the force of a subpoena.
It clearly depends on how she stated her opinions but I'm amused that this district seems to forget we have a First Amendment.
On a more serious note, just yesterday the CEO of Yahoo got raked over the coals in a Congressional committee meeting because Yahoo gave the Chinese government the names of two users who were sending anonymous e-mails about the actions of the Chinese government. Both those users have been jailed for 10+ years. The CEO apologized profusely but said Yahoo had to obey a country's laws. (Well, either that or how about not doing business with them? Oh wait, that's a billion people; cha ching!)