Regulation of the Media
Ever since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon the concern for national security has risen dramatically. This, however, does not give the U.S. government permission to block publication of material that may hurt national security interests. Although some forms of media do have a potential to hurt national security interests the right of freedom of expression still should not be violated. The right to have freedom in the media is one of the core beliefs that founded the society we have in America, violating the right of expression would simply be unamerican.
Implementing more restraint on publication would encounter several difficulties. To block publication would violate the American peoples right of freedom of speech so in some court cases involving freedom of speech, defending the government would be difficult. The United States government already has many Shield Laws, or laws intended to protect journalists from legal challenges to their freedom of speech. To implement more restraint on publication these laws would have to be overturned which would be very difficult. Positive effects of this would be that national security would be helped by allowing some potentially harmful information to the public. The negative effect would be the violation of the american people’s rights and the possible chilling effect it could have on other journalist thereby making news much more bland. Also, if the government didn’t allow a lot of articles to be published it could stoke public anger at the government or damage the governments reputation.