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The Pentagon’s Law of War manual, updated in summer 2015, has indicated that journalists could be viewed as “unprivileged belligerents” by the U.S. military during wartime, which has raised concern by First Amendment proponents and journalists nationwide. Megan Burton explores analyzes journalists’ legal efforts to cover wars in the past, as well as previous agreements between the press and Department of Defense, in order to predict how courts might resolve future conflicts between the press and the DOD. Alison Cozad examines sunshine laws in Ohio and California to see how state governments approach and comply with requests for information. By looking at court challenges, rulings and sunshine laws, we can get an idea of how these two states compare with their approaches to freedom of information.

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Press Access Rights: Journalists Covering War and Seeking Information at Home