(CJ450) Understanding Terrorism Week 6 Discussion Post-----(CJ450) Understanding Terrorism Week 6 Di

(CJ450) Understanding Terrorism Week 6 Discussion Post-----(CJ450) Understanding Terrorism Week 6 Di

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(CJ450) Understanding Terrorism Week 6 Discussion Post (due 10 March 2013) Freedom of Reporting and Security Issues During times of crisis, governments restrict media access to information about matters that affect security policy. The logic is quite understandable: Governments believe that the war effort (or counterterrorism policy) requires limitations to be imposed to prevent information from helping the enemy and to prevent the enemy from spreading its propaganda. For example, the British Official Secrets Act was designed to manage the flow of information both from adversaries and to adversaries. The challenge for democracies is to strike a balance between governmental control over information—for the sake of national security—and unbridled propaganda. The following examples illustrate how the United States and Great Britain managed the flow of information during international crises: During the Vietnam War, journalists had a great deal of latitude in the field to visit troops in the field and observe operations. Vietnam was the first “television war,” so violent and disturbing images were broadcast into American homes on a daily basis. These reports were one reason why American public opinion turned against the war effort.
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