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“The Pentagon’s Dangerous Views on the Wartime Press” – The New York Times Editorial Board:
The manual warns that “Reporting on military operations can be very similar to collecting intelligence or even spying”
Authoritarian leaders around the world could point to it to show that their despotic treatment of journalists — including Americans — is broadly in line with the standards set by the United States government.
Even more disturbing is the document’s broad assertion that journalists’ work may need to be censored lest it reveal sensitive information to the enemy. This unqualified statement seems to contravene American constitutional and case law, and offers other countries that routinely censor the press a handy reference point.
You can also read much more at the recent post CPJ: “In times of war, Pentagon reserves right to treat journalists like spies”