War and Press Freedom

War and Press Freedom : The Problem of Prerogative Power

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Over the course of the two centuries between the ratification of the First Amendment in 1791 and the Gulf War in 1991, the American press lacked an adequate right to analyse and report on this nation's armed conflicts. When restrictions were challenged as violations of the Constitution, military regulations and federal laws were justified as necessary under the "higher law" of survival. Is there some law more important than the Constitution which allows prerogative powers to be used in a time of war or national crisis? This groundbreaking and provocative study, examining law and history over these two hundred years, argues that press freedom cannot and should not be suspended during armed conflict. Author Smith maintains that the military and the media must work together on such matters, for neither has authority over the other.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 147.3 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 019509946X
  • 9780195099461

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the most exhaustive study to date of the wartime clash between openness and secrecy, which includes military censorship. * The Journal of American History, Sept. 2000 * He uses carefully chosen examples to make his points and is adroit with quotations. * The Journal of American History, Sept. 2000 * For researchers interested in this subject, this book will be a necessity for a long time. If they are knowledgeable on the subject ... they unquestionably will find new arguments and new nuances regarding the fight for dominance of which they have been unaware. ... offers value for everyone. * The Journal of American History, Sept. 2000 *show more

About Jeffery Alan Smith

Jeffery A. Smith is a professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa.show more

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