War & Press Freedom

War & Press Freedom

The Problem of Prerogative Power

eBook - 1999
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Oxford University Press
War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power is a groundbreaking and provocative study of one of the most perplexing civil liberties issues in American history: What authority does or should the government have to control press coverage and commentary in wartime? First Amendment scholar Jeffery A. Smith shows convincingly that no such extraordinary power exists under the Constitution, and that officials have had to rely on claiming the existence of an autocratic "higher law" of survival. Smith carefully surveys the development of statutory restrictions and military regulations for the news media from the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791 through the Gulf War of 1991. He concludes that the armed forces can justify refusal to divulge a narrow range of defense secrets, but that imposing other restrictions is unwise, unnecessary, and unconstitutional. In any event, as electronic communication becomes almost impossible to constrain, soldiers and journalists must learn how to respect each other's obligations in a democratic system.


Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780195356748
0195356748
9781423740711
1423740718
9780195099461
019509946X
9780195099454
0195099451
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (viii, 324 pages) : illustrations
Alternative Title: War and press freedom

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