Banned books and other forms of censorship

On the banning of books, censorship and other freedom of access issues

Friday, January 26, 2007

Government secrecy vs. free press

The First Amendment Center has released an interesting report on historic and current tensions in the United States between the perceived need for government secrecy and freedom of the press. As summarized in a press release, "The report surveys the limits on what public employees can legally tell the press and public, discusses criminal punishment for publication of classified material, and considers the 'who is a journalist?' question in terms of who might be protected from government subpoenas by a so-called 'shield law.'" The report is titled, Government Secrecy vs. Freedom of the Press, by Geoffrey R. Stone, a University of Chicago law professor.

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