TITLE

The Responsibilities of a Free Press

AUTHOR(S)
Lewis, Anthony
PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
Nieman Reports;Summer2004, Vol. 58 Issue 2, p60
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This section presents an updated version of the speech given by Anthony Lewis, a former New York Times columnist, on March 2, 2004, at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in a conference called Weapons of Mass Destruction, National Security, and a Free Press. Lewis began his remarks by referring to past interactions involving the press and government--notably the government's attempts to suppress publication of the Pentagon Papers and The Progressive magazine's article about the H-bomb. Lewis discussed the case of Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen who have been imprisoned and held as an enemy combatant without trial. He also commented on the sweep of aliens ordered by Attorney General Ashcroft after September 11, 2001, as well as the press coverage of civil liberties. Lewis then enumerated the reasons for the relatively tepid response to the incursions on civil liberties since September 11. He said that the impulse to get on the national security team in the face of a terrorist threat had a particularly egregrious example about a month after September 11, when five major television networks broadcast a taped message from Osama bin Laden. He suggested that a journalist's duty is not only to report with courage what underlies government decisions to send U.S. citizens off to die of foreign shot and shell, but government actions menacing the constitutional protections that have kept the people free.
ACCESSION #
13532569

 

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