Constitution Day 2020: Special Topics: First Amendment Rights

Resources for exploring some of 2020's pressing Constitutional issues.

The First Amendment

Amendment I:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Press Freedoms

The First Amendment secures the freedom of the press--the freedom of journalists to observe and report information without government interference.  How those freedoms play out in actuality is a complex, hotly-debated issue.  Are journalists really free to report information that opposes the most powerful?  Do journalists have an obligation to society?

The Rights of Protest and Assembly

The First Amendment also declares that the people have the right to engage in protests and similar gatherings.  What constitutes a peaceful protest is often up for debate, and is sometimes modified or defined by local or state laws.

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