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First Amendment and the duty of the journalist.

Resource: Electronic Reserve Readings article "Journalists Caught in the Crossfire: robert Novak, the First Amendment, and Journalist's Duty of Confidentiality"
Provide a 50-75 word response to each of these questions:
1-What role does the Intelligence Identities Protection Act play in this matter?
2-What does the threat or exercise of criminal punishment typically have upon journalists? How might punishment conflict with First Amendment protections of freedoms of speech and press?
3-How could Novak's publication of Valerie Plame's identity jeopardize national security?
4-What is contempt of court, and for what reasons are journalists held in contempt? Who was held in contempt in the Plame matter and why?

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Resource: Electronic Reserve Readings article "Journalists Caught in the Crossfire: Robert Novak, the First Amendment, and Journalist's Duty of Confidentiality"
Provide a 50-75 word response to each of these questions:
1-What role does the Intelligence Identities Protection Act play in this matter?
The Intelligence Identities Protection Act allows the government to prosecute anyone with authorized access to classified information like the identity of a secret operative. In this case it was alleged that there were two sources that had leaked the identity of Plame to the journalists. No official was ...

Solution Summary

The fjirst Amendment does allow freedom of speech but journalists should excercise some restraint over their actions. This solution describes some boundaries that journalists should adhere to.

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