FREDERICKTOWN — While the lights of the carnival rides, the aromas of the food vendors and the sounds of the lip-sync contest filled the center of the village, a few people gathered for a more serious discussion at the First Baptist Church.
The annual First Amendment program, sponsored by the Main Street Free Press Museum and the Central Ohio Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, asked the question “Who’s Watching Whom?” Should the press be a watchdog of government or the government a watchdog over the press?
Museum co-founder and director John Long led panelists Eva Parziale, regional director of the Associated Press for Ohio and 10 other states, and Tim Daly Smith, former managing editor of the Akron Beacon-Journal and teacher of communications law at Kent State University, in an examination of some of the issues raised by the recent Justice Department seizure of AP telephone records, the Edward Snowden leak of National Security Agency information and the sentencing of U.S. Army leaker Bradley Manning.
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