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June 20, 2018

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A Free Press During Wartime
Last Featured: 2/19/2002

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At the outset of the war on terrorism, the Bush Administration asked television network executives to refrain from airing video releases from Osama bin Laden fearing coded messages to his followers. Front line reporters routinely face access restrictions ### and daily Pentagon briefings rarely answer all press questions. Do such restrictions violate First Amendment values or do they hold legitimate national security purposes? Join us as we debate secrecy vs. security on this edition of Justice Talking.

Jane E. Kirtley is the Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota and a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to joining the School of Journalism, Kirtley was Executive Director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Arlington, Virginia for 14 years. A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and Northwestern University Medical School of Journalism, Kirtley speaks frequently on First Amendment issues. She writes the "First Amendment Watch" column each month for American Journalism Review and serves on the editorial board of Communications Law and Policy.

Robert Bateman is a Major in the U.S. Army serving a one year fellowship with the Center for Strategic and International Studies. An infantry officer, Bateman’s military service has covered the Pacific, the continental United States, and the Middle East. A former assistant professor of history on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy, Bateman has written extensively about military doctrine, history, and technology including his 1999 book, "Digital War, A View from the Front Lines” and his latest book, “Gun Ri: A Military History of the Korean War Incident.” He writes a nationally syndicated newspaper column under a pen-name for At Large Features, for use at their military academies.

Closing Quote
"The functionaries of every government have propensities to command, at will, the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these, but with the people themselves, nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe."

— Thomas Jefferson

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Secrets of Victory : The Office of Censorship and the American Press and Radio in World War II
by Michael S. Sweeney
Regulation of the Entertainment Industry
The FCC's New Rules for Media Ownership
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