Harvey Silverglate Strikes Again!

The Broken Elbow

Another great piece by the redoubtable Harvey Silverglate on the Boston College story in Forbes Magazine, assisted by Zachary Bloom and Julian DeVries. In this piece Harvey takes the US media to task for not recognizing the dangers posed to journalism by the Obama/Holder action to confiscate the Belfast archive from Boston College on foot of subpoenas fashioned by the PSNI. Any diminution in First Amendment rights on the part of academics as a result of this case will, he argues, inevitably extend to the media, but instead newspapers like the Boston Globe have supported the First Circuit appeal court’s support for the subpoenas. That editorial by the Globe will, in my view, go down in media history as a particularly dark moment. Shame on the Globe!

He also notes that myself and Anthony McIntyre were denied the opportunity, thanks to Boston College’s disgraceful decision to hand the contested…

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