Sujit Choudhry was born in the Indian capital of New Delhi in 1970. He attended McGill University for his undergraduate degree. He earned his degrees in Law from the University of Oxford, University of Toronto and the Harvard Law School. Sujit is a comparative constitutional law and politics expert who combine vast experience and comprehensive research as a consultant to constitution-making processes in various countries. Recently, Sujit Choudhry addressed the issue of the increased rivalry between President Trump and the American press. President Trump has previously termed the New York Times as “failing” and also claimed that the CNN produced fake news. President Trump is not the only one who has had objections to the media. Other former American presidents such as Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton come to mind when the issue of media versus leadership comes up. Sujit Choudhry notes that the president’s supporters suggested a shutdown for the selected media house. A recent poll indicated that 43% of supporters want the president to have the mandate to close down various news channels.
Sujit Choudhry notes that majority Republicans believe that the media is unfair towards the president, and the media in existence is an enemy of the American people. Choudhry suggests that the people in support of the media shutdown should have a lesson in the First Amendment. The Amendment protects the freedom of speech and the free exercise of the press and respects the right of peaceful assembly to redress grievances to the government. The Congress is in no position to make a law that goes against the rights. American history has had several attempts to overpower the press despite the presence of the First Amendment. Sujit Choudhry confirms that in the time leading to the First World War, the president appointed a Postmaster General, aimed at the publications that threatened to hurt America’s efforts in the war. Sujit notes that the Postmaster-General controlled the distribution avenue for all publications even though he did not possess the power to shut down a newspaper. Under the Trading with the Enemy Act, the Postmaster General required foreign editors to provide the government with translations of papers they wanted to publish.
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