War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power / Edition 1

War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power / Edition 1

by Jeffery A. Smith
     
 

ISBN-10: 019509946X

ISBN-13: 9780195099461

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195099461
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

I. Intentions and Interpretations
1. War, Autocracy, and the Constitution
2. The Purpose of the Press Clause
3. Suspending the Press Clause
II. "Higher Law" in Practice
4. The Federalists and the French Revolution
5. The Rise of Presidential Prerogatives
6. The Bureaucratization of Wartime Censorship
7. The Long, Cold War
III. The Risks of Repression
8. The Mass Media: Scapegoats and Sycophants
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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