When the President stopped the presses
Updated 10:45 AM ET, Tue November 21, 2017
- Sonja West: Near v. Minnesota and the Pentagon Papers are two seminal free-press cases
- Both ensure that journalists can publish classified information, writes West
Sonja West is the Brumby Distinguished Professor of First Amendment Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. This is the next installment in CNN Opinion's series on the challenges facing the media as it is under attack from critics, governments and changing technology.
(CNN)President Donald Trump has made it clear that when it comes to cracking down on government leaks to the media, "the tougher the better!" Yet for all of Trump's dire warnings about the dangers of leaks, there is one action that even he has not suggested -- a court order blocking the press from publishing leaked information.