Government Secrecy and the Fourth Estate

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Brennan Center for Justice presents:

Government Secrecy and the Fourth Estate

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

12:00 p.m. Lunch and Registration
12:30 p.m. Program

National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045


Steven Aftergood
Director, Project on Government Secrecy, Federation of American Scientists

Carrie Cordero
Director of National Security Studies, Georgetown University Law Center

Lucy Dalglish
Dean, Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland

Barton Gellman
Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation

Charlie Savage
Washington Correspondent, The New York Times

Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.
Chief Counsel, Brennan Center for Justice
Author, Democracy in the Dark: The Seduction of Government Secrecy

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.

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