Can't say you didn't see this coming. I could never understand how a professional news organization would allow anonymous comments, letters or contributions on their websites when they would never allow it in their print or broadcast editions. I can't believe their lawyers would permit it.
Just because this Internet thing is a new platform or medium for some of them it doesn't mean responsibility, integrity, professional standards or the law doesn't apply anymore.
A Halifax court has ordered The Coast newspaper to identify anonymous commenters on their website.
The Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge approved the request by Halifax’s firefighters Chief Bill Mosher and Deputy Chief Stephen Thurber to order a weekly newspaper and Google to reveal the
identities and IP addresses of seven people who, they claim, defamed them.
“I find the order is appropriate in the circumstances,” said Justice
Heather Robertson. “The court doesn’t condone the conduct of anonymous Internet users.”
The alleged defamatory comments were posted by six people anonymously
on the Coast’s website under a story about fire department racism.
Another person using a Gmail account circulated an online letter also
alleged to be defamatory.
…more at the Halifax Chronicle Herald