Nation Magazine v. United States Department of Defense

Nation Magazine V. United States Department Of Defense

Nation Magazine v. United States Department of Defense

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Nation Magazine v. United States Department of Defense (1991)

The Nation Magazine v. U.S. Dep't of Defense, 762 F. Supp. 1558 S.D.N.Y. 1991

In 1990, the United States Department of Defense implemented press pools so they could control and monitor the press during the Gulf War. The competition into the press pools was intense and if a publication wasn't a member of the pool, they were unable to gain access to the warzones and could not fully cover the war. Furthermore, the Dept. of Defense determined where pool member were able to travel and what stories they would be able to report on and journalists had to remain with escorts at all times. and stories were reviewed by a military official before being published. On January 10 1991, Nation Magazine suited against the Dept. of Defense, claiming its pooling regulations had violated the First Amendment and Fifth Amendment. The complaint had more to do with limited access than with news censorship.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK. April 16 1991Decision by Judge Leonard B. Sand, United States District Judge

Background

The Gulf War was a sixth month conflict between Iraq and 30 nations led by the United States in order to liberate Kuwait. It was a very highly televised conflict, but the press was very restricted in its access of information.

The Nation Magazine is a weekly magazine dedicated to reports on politics and culture. It is the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the...
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