The First Amendment and the Free Press: A Comment on Some New Trends and Some Old Theories

39 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2012 Last revised: 29 Dec 2014

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William W. Van Alstyne

Duke University School of Law; William & Mary Law School

Date Written: January 12, 2012

Abstract

Responding to the trend of media rights being subjugated through the legal process, this article examines Justice Stewart's suggestion that the media should be treated with extra deference in First Amendment cases. This examination looks at the sufficiency of the press's claim of judicial harshness, whether the press should be treated differently than other speakers, and also compares press freedom in foreign nations.

Keywords: First Amendment, media, press

Suggested Citation

Van Alstyne, William W. and Van Alstyne, William W., The First Amendment and the Free Press: A Comment on Some New Trends and Some Old Theories (January 12, 2012). Hofstra Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 1, 1980, William & Mary Law School Research Paper No. 09-204, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1983286

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