Judge: Media must reveal IDs of online posters INDIANAPOLIS | A judge in a defamation case has ordered news media outlets in Indianapolis to reveal information that could help identify people who posted disparaging comments about an official on their online forums. An Indiana journalism shield law that protects reporters from having to reveal their sources doesn't protect web sites from being forced to disclose who made anonymous posts, Marion Superior Court Judge S.K. Reid ruled. Reid held that The Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Business Journal must provide names or other information that would help Jeffrey Miller, the former chief executive of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, identify who wrote online comments that described him as "greedy" and warranting an investigation by the state attorney general. Source ------ I wondered when the "comments" that it seems anyone can add to news stories on station and newspaper websites would become a problem. I generally avoid reading comments on news websites because there are too many personal attacks in them (including "Darwin" comments on stories of teenagers who died in car crashes - stuff that would never get published in a respectable "letters to the editor" column).