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JEM, UT College of Law Hold Panel on WikiLeaks and Espionage Act

Faculty members from the School of Journalism & Electronic Media along with faculty from the UT College of Law held a panel discussion on the 1917 Espionage Act and WikiLeaks as part of this month's First Amendment celebration program sponsored by the Liberty Tree Initiative.

The panel discussed the history of the Espionage Act which made the posession or dissemination of leaked classified information a criminal offense, as well as the actions of WikiLeaks and the current tensions regarding freedom and security in the Internet Age.

The panel (left to right) consisted of Dr. Maria Fontenot, lecturer in JEM specializing in media law and media and society issues, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, the Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at UT and operator of Instapundit, Dr. Benjamin Bates, JEM Professor specializing in media economics and emerging media, and Dr. Otis H. Stephens Jr., Resident Scholar in the UT College of Law, Alumni Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at UT and renowned expert on constitutional law.

The panel was moderated by JEM Professor Dr. Dwight Teeter (far right) who specializes in media law and history.

The panel is part of the on-going First Amendment program sponsored by the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the School of Journalism & Electronic Media, and the Liberty Tree Initiative.