War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power by Jeffery A. Smith

By Jeffery A. Smith

Within the centuries from the ratification of the 1st modification in 1791 throughout the Gulf battle in 1991, the yank press lacked an sufficient correct to investigate and document at the nation's armed conflicts. whilst regulations have been challenged as violations of the structure, army laws and federal legislation have been justified as priceless lower than the "higher legislations" of survival. Is there legislation extra very important than the structure which permits prerogative powers for use in a time of conflict or nationwide concern? This groundbreaking and provocative research, studying legislation and heritage over those 2 hundred years, argues that press freedom can't and shouldn't be suspended in the course of armed clash. the army and the media needs to interact simply because neither has authority over the opposite.

Show description

Read or Download War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power PDF

Best journalism books

The Gutenberg Galaxy

The Gutenberg Galaxy catapulted Marshall McLuhan to popularity as a media theorist and, in time, a new media prognosticator. Fifty years after its preliminary booklet, this landmark textual content is extra major than ever prior to.

Readers might be surprised by way of McLuhan’s prescience, unequalled by means of an individual due to the fact, predicting as he did the dramatic technological options that experience essentially replaced how we converse. The Gutenberg Galaxy foresaw the networked, compressed ‘global village’ that will emerge within the late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries — regardless of having been written whilst black-and-white tv was once ubiquitous.

This re-creation of The Gutenberg Galaxy celebrates either the centennial of McLuhan’s start and the fifty-year anniversary of the book’s book. a brand new inside layout updates The Gutenberg Galaxy for twenty-first-century readers, whereas honouring the cutting edge, avant-garde spirit of the unique. This version additionally comprises new introductory essays that remove darkness from McLuhan’s lasting impression on various scholarly fields and pop culture.

A must-read if you inhabit today’s international village, The Gutenberg Galaxy is an integral street map for our evolving conversation landscape.

Journalism and Democracy: An Evaluation of the Political Public Sphere

The general public sphere is expounded to be in hindrance. Dumbing down, tabloidisation, infotainment and spin are speculated to contaminate it, adversely affecting the standard of political journalism and of democracy itself. there's a pervasive pessimism concerning the dating among the media and democracy, and common crisis for the way forward for the political technique.

Sports Guys: Insights, Highlights and Hoo-hahs From Your Favorite Sports Authorities

It really is not likely the Midwest will ever see a extra eminent band of activities men. they're invoice Grigsby, Joe McGuff, Len Dawson, Don Fortune and Harold Ensley.

Gender, Citizenship and Newspapers: Historical and Transnational Perspectives

The gendered nature of the connection among the click and emergence of cultural citizenship from the 1860s to the Thirties is explored via unique information and insightful comparisons among India, Britain and France during this built-in method of women's illustration in newspapers, their function as information resources and their specialist job.

Extra info for War and Press Freedom: The Problem of Prerogative Power

Sample text

The military imposed a curfew on people of Japanese ancestry in West Coast states and eventually wasted resources that could have gone into the war effort by interning 112,000 of them, 70,000 of whom were United States citizens, in inland detention centers where nearly every aspect of their lives was carefully supervised. " The report was sent to the War Department by the central figure in the relocation process, Lieutenant General J. L. DeWitt, an excitable racist who treated rumors of fifth column activity as facts.

Hard-won rights, skeptics charged, were to rest on little more than trust in officials operating in an elaborate, untested political mechanism. Specific concerns were voiced about the absence of language preserving a nongovernmental check: an independent press to inform the sovereign people about the performance of their servants in positions of power. At the Virginia ratifying convention, for instance, Patrick Henry stated that freedom of the press was left to depend on the "integrity" of members of Congress.

He told the House, which did not pass the resolution, that the sovereign people should not be censured by their servants in government; that they had enough good sense and patriotism to reject unsound publications. "Opinions arc not the objects of legislation," he said. "You animadvert on the abuse of reserved rights: how far will this go? " 48 The events of the 17905, however, soon did produce the kind of stress fractures the constitutional system would suffer in later rimes. In particular, the seizing of American ships by England and then by France brought about reassessments of the nation's pacific hopes and political mechanisms.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.98 of 5 – based on 4 votes