National Security and Freedom of the Press

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  • What right does the public have to know about national security issues? Former CIA director and secretary of defense James Schlesinger, former attorney general Griffin Bell and others debate the issue.


  • Originally released by Annenberg Learner, 1984.
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Infobase on August 15, 2018.
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  • Closed-captioned.


  • National Security and Press Freedom: Overview (4:05); Does the Public Have a Right to Know? (3:40); Media and the Frequency of Leaks (11:38); First Amendment and Legal Liability (7:50); Verifying Information, Protecting Sources (7:53); Deciding to Publish, Prior Restraint (13:51); Should Journalists Risk Imprisonment? (3:30); Near v. Minnesota Explained (2:35); Credits: National Security and Freedom of the Press (1:36)
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