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National Security vs. Freedom of the Press


The Founding Fathers intended for the press to be a government watchdog and a protection against tyranny. Traditionally, the media enjoys special protection under the First Amendment, but in times of war, this freedom may be limited to protect national security. When government restrictions on press freedom become so significant that news outlets cannot accurately report on current events, this restriction has a chilling effect on the truth. At the heart of this competition between truth and safety is the question of what is best for the common good. Join Dean Nacht and Dean Schell as they discuss this question in light of current events.


Michael Nacht

Nacht holds the Thomas and Alison Schneider Chair in Public Policy in the Goldman School of Public Policy. An expert in U.S. national security and foreign policy, and management strategies for public organizations, Nacht is the author or co-author of six books and more than 80 book chapters and journal articles in these fields. He has twice held U.S. Senate-confirmed positions in national security policy.

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Orville Schell

Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Schell was born in New York City, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in Far Eastern History, was an exchange student at National Taiwan University in the 1960s, and earned a Ph.D. (Abd) in Chinese History from Cal. He worked for the Ford Foundation in Indonesia, covered the war in Indochina as a journalist, and has traveled widely in China since the mid-70s.

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