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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Grygiel and Sager on Unmasking Uncle Sam: A Legal Test For Identifying State Media @NewhouseSU @Weston_Sager @jmgrygiel

Jennifer Grygiel, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication, and Weston Sager are publishing Unmasking Uncle Sam: A Legal Test for Identifying State Media in the UC Irvine L. Review (2020). Here is the abstract.

In December 2018, the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee published a report detailing how the U.S. Agency for Global Media, the flagship federal state media agency, improperly targeted Americans with its content through social media 860 times over a two-year period. U.S. state media agencies have enormous resources, and if left unchecked, could unduly influence free public discourse and threaten the independence of the American free press. To address this growing concern, this Article proposes a new comprehensive legal test for identifying state media that incorporates existing approaches employed by the federal government and private media entities for analyzing government publications.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

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