TITLE

"Freedom...is...more and more severely constrained..."

AUTHOR(S)
Oakes, John B.
PUB. DATE
March 1973
SOURCE
Columbia Journalism Review;Mar/Apr1973, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p70
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the government and the press. One of the basic functions of the press is to act as public rein on the powers and pretensions of government. In fact, one of the great failures of the U.S. press as a whole is that it has not been sufficiently critical of government, or consistently analytical. But to criticize the press for individual examples of irresponsibility or inaccuracy is quite different from waging war on the press with deliberate intention of undermining its independence and therefore its freedom. The major attempt of the Government to impose prior restraint on the press in the case of the Pentagon Papers was struck down, but the courts have unfortunately sustained a different kind of attack, less direct, more subtle and perhaps in the long run even more effective. The actual jailing of a reporter and of a college professor under this power is a sinister and giant step in the Government's effort to intimidate private citizens, to produce an increasingly familiar chilling effect on newspapermen in particular and on the public in general.
ACCESSION #
16285653

 

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