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Government Secrecy and the Fourth Estate
April 8, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Documents disclosed by Edward Snowden and published by multiple news organizations have brought new focus to some age-old questions: what role should journalism play in the balance between the public’s right to know and the government’s need to keep secrets in the name of national security? In the so-called “information age,” how have the tools of government secrecy affected journalism – and how are journalists responding? And what is the future of the delicate relationship between those American institutions that are in the business of keeping secrets and those that are in the business of exposing them?
Join the Brennan Center for Justice for a candid discussion about the relationship between secrecy and the fourth estate – one of the central themes of a new book, Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy (The New Press, 2015), authored by the Brennan Center’s Chief Counsel, Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.