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January 23, 2020

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Terrorism and the Media
Last Featured: 12/1/2003

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Although reporters were given unprecedented access to the frontlines in the war with Iraq, a new battle for information is being waged at home. Administration officials and Congress now say that terrorist threats force us to rethink our open society and restrict access to what they call “Homeland Security Information,” information such as environmental reports on chemical plants, safety reports on bridges, and staffing patterns and budgets for state and local governments. Officials say it is a matter of protecting public safety; critics call it an astonishing power grab that threatens a cornerstone of our democracy.

Lucy A. Dalglish is the Executive Director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Based in Arlington, Virginia., the Reporters Committee has provided research, guidance and representation in major press cases in state and federal courts for 30 years. Prior to assuming the position in January 2000, Dalglish was a media lawyer in the Minneapolis law firm of Dorsey & Whitney and a reporter and editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. In 1995, Dalglish was awarded the Wells Memorial Key, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of Professional Journalists, for her work as Chairman of SPJ's national Freedom of Information Committee from 1992-95 and for her service as a national board member from 1988-91.

Shannen W. Coffin is the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. He is responsible for oversight of the Federal Programs Branch, a component of the Civil Division that defends the federal government in a diverse array of lawsuits, including the defense of constitutional challenges to federal statutes and agency programs, civil anti-terrorism litigation, and disputes involving access to Executive Branch information. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Mr. Coffin was an attorney at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson LLP in its Supreme Court and Appellate practice. He clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in the 1994-95 term.

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"When a person goes to a country and finds their newspapers filled with nothing but good news, he can be sure there are good men in jail."

— Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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