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May 13, 1988

The AMA, Chiropractic, and Judge Getzendanner's Injunction

Author Affiliations

Towson, Md

Towson, Md

JAMA. 1988;259(18):2694. doi:10.1001/jama.1988.03720180022014

To the Editor.  —Judge Getzendanner's1 court order compelling JAMA to publish a permanent injunction against the American Medical Association represents another assault against the freedom of the press. The US District Court is within its jurisdiction to convict the American Medical Association of antitrust violations, but the court has no constitutional authority to coerce a free press to publish government edicts during peacetime. The Constitution does not empower either the executive or the judicial branches of government to compel a free press to publish government documents. To the contrary, the First Amendment to the Constitution specifically protects the freedom of the press by stating that "Congress shall make no law... abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press." To the best of my knowledge, no other organization has been forced by the courts to publish an injunction in its journal or newsletter. Court rulings are readily accessible in