The First Amendment to the Constitution states that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of the press, but the definitions of ´press´, of ´freedom´, and even of ´abridgment´ have evolved by means of judicial rulings on cases concerning the limits and purposes of press freedoms. In How Free Can the Press Be? Randall P. Bezanson explores the changes in understanding of press freedom in America by discussing in depth nine of the most pivotal and provocative First Amendment cases in U.S. judicial history. These cases were argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, state Supreme Courts, and even a local circuit court, and concerned matters ranging from "The New York Times" publication of the Pentagon Papers to Hugo Zacchini, the human cannonball who claimed television broadcasts of his act threatened his livelihood. Other cases include a politician blackballed by the "Miami Herald" and prevented from responding in its pages, the "Pittsburgh Press" arguing it had the right to employ gender-based column headings in its classified ads section, and the victim of a crime suing the "Des Moines Register" over that paper´s publication of intimate details, including the victim´s name. Each case resulted in a ruling that refined or reshaped judicial definition of the limits of press freedom.

ISBN: 025207520X

Metai: 2008

Puslapių skaičius:  272 p.

Kalba: anglų

Įrišimas: minkšti viršeliai

Leidykla: University of Illinois Press


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