Sep 21, 1986

Nat Hentoff: National Security versus Press Freedom

Nat Hentoff is an American historian, novelist, jazz and country music critic, and syndicated columnist for United Media, who writes regularly on jazz and country music for The Wall Street Journal.

In this video from a Free Press Association awards banquet in 1986, Hentoff gave a talk on the interplay of national security and the press freedoms guaranteed by the 1st Amendment. He stressed the importance of protecting leakers and whistleblowers within government, citing the Samuel Loring Morison case and self-censorship of the press when they discovered the CIA-affiliation and true purpose of the Glomar Explorer drillship.