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The First Amendment protects five core freedoms that are under attack every day — from the left, the right, and everywhere in between. First Five strives to foster interest in First Amendment news and provide a platform for discussion among enthusiasts and activists.


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Hosts Lata Nott and Freedom Forum Institute president Gene Policinski talk to the personalities in the news around cutting-edge issues and challenges to the First Amendment, providing first-hand insight and informative inquiry.

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Enjoy regular commentary on First Amendment issues from Gene Policinski and Lata Nott and periodic contributions by other experts at the Institute.

’Tis the Season for Celebrating Freedom

Bill of Rights Day Feature

Celebrate Bill of Rights Day on Dec. 15 by breaking the cycle of ignorance and misinformation that threatens our five fundamental freedoms.
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First Five Newsletter: November 21, 2019

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Limits to free speech, Trump’s attacking tweets, artificial intelligence-powered software and more.
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When words speak louder than actions

Choose Your Words

The First Amendment may protect our right to speak freely, but it does have limits.
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First Five Newsletter: November 14, 2019

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A university’s apology piece, Twitter’s new rules, John Oliver on SLAPP suits and more.
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No apology needed for good journalism – even when you don’t like it


Harvard’s student government voted to support a petition condemning their student newspaper, for the factual reporting of protests against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement some weeks ago.
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First Five Newsletter: November 7, 2019

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Teacher led prayer in schools, “cancel culture,” Religious Freedom Center graduate intensive course and more.
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Teacher-led Prayer: Unconstitutional but Appropriate?

Teacher Praying

Teachers should help students understand why religious freedom protections — like the prohibition against teacher-led prayer — benefit people of all religions and none.
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First Five Newsletter: October 31, 2019

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First Amendment poll, Facebook’s political ad policy, YouTube’s extremist content and more.
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First Five Newsletter: October 24, 2019

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Facebook’s plan for the 2020 election, space in newspapers for political candidates deemed unconstitutional and more.
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Does the University of Illinois’ Title IX policy violate freedom of the press?


A recent university investigation conducted reviews on the handling of sexual harassment complaints and if their Title IX policy violates the First Amendment.
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