An authoritative yet accessible analysis of the historical development and contemporary scope of press freedoms in America.
For the first time in recorded history, the day-to-day details of war were brought into the living rooms of people all over the world through the eyes and ears of journalists living among and traveling with U.S. military troops in Iraq. Did Ted Koppel and other "embedded" journalists give us an objective and complete story of the war in Iraq?
Freedom of the Press: Rights and Liberties under the Law examines the evolution of press freedom in America, a particularly relevant topic given the controversy over the role of the press in the war in Iraq, as well as the growing concentration of ownership of the press, and the impact of the Internet on traditional journalism. An opening analysis of challenges from recent developments like Internet journalist Matt Drudge's "Drudge Report" illustrates the opportunities and implications of a press operating without the traditional gate-keeping process.
A historical overview of philosophical ideas and English traditions precedes an exploration into the judicial, regulatory, social, political, and economic developments that have shaped press freedoms, addressing such issues as libel, free press versus fair trial, and access to courtrooms. A chapter is devoted to the impact of new communication and transmission technology such as videophones and satellites.
Features • Extensive A–Z entries on key individuals such as Anthony Comstock, events including conflicts in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and concepts and terms • Chronology of key developments in the history of press freedom, including the growing conglomeration of the media
Highlights • Explains why the biggest challenge to press freedom in the 21st century is the threat of libel judgements as opposed to government censorship • Discusses invasion of privacy—one of the fastest growing areas of press law due to the enhanced ability to intrude via electronic means
Nancy C. Cornwell, Ph.D., is associate professor of mass communication at Linfield College, McMinnville, OR. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on the First Amendment right of free expression.
Reviews "... a well-done introduction to the underpinnings of press freedoms in the United States. ... The unique layout and organization of the book make it a good starting point for readers unfamiliar with the topic. This title would be a useful addition to college or university collections serving undergraduates and to public library reference collections."—American Reference Books Annual