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In our discussion of the media and national security, we begin with the First Amendment, not only with its legal doctrines and principles, but also with the values of the First Amendment and its function in a free and democratic society. We will first discuss how the First Amendment protects the media with respect to its disclosure of information purportedly affecting national security. We will then discuss the process by which the media voluntarily refuses to publish information on the ground that the disclosure of the information will seriously harm the national security. We will finally discuss the relationship between the government and the media with respect to obtaining information that may affect the national security.


Communications Law | First Amendment | Law