If the politicians don't like the news - especially if things are leaked - then there is always the threat of intimidation or charging a journalist or newspaper proprietor with an offence of some sort.
It won't come as a surprise to read that the Bush Administration, already under considerable pressure from so many quarters, is considering "taking on" journalists.
The NYT reports as follows:
"Earlier administrations have fired and prosecuted government officials who provided classified information to the press. They have also tried to force reporters to identify their sources.
But the Bush administration is exploring a more radical measure to protect information it says is vital to national security: the criminal prosecution of reporters under the espionage laws".
This is a real issue, if true, for it won't be too long before Blair and Howard will try and travel down the same road. It's worrisome to say the least. Read the full article in the NYT here.