First Five

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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First Amendment Center executive director Lata Nott provides a quick read and links to major news, law, scholarship, technology and commentary.

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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.

Sri Lanka Temporarily Blocks Social Media — Public Safety or Censorship?

Is the government taking a necessary step to ensure the safety of its people? Or is it a misguided act of censorship?
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First Five Podcast: A conversation with the executive director of the Student Press Law Center

First Five

The eighth in a series of episodes exploring student journalism and celebrating 2019’s Year of the Student Journalist.
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Journalists May be Stuck with Assange’s First Amendment Defense

Julian Assange

Journalists are the watchdogs by which we all can know information improperly classified, withheld for political gain or around which legitimate debate should occur.
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First Five Podcast: A conversation with the editor-in-chief of the Iowa State Daily

First Five

The seventh in a series of episodes exploring student journalism and celebrating 2019’s Year of the Student Journalist.
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If Every Day Were April Fools’ Day

News consumers have developed some bad habits. We gravitate to platforms that only share news we want to hear, share stories after only reading their headlines and get sucked into content that outrages or entertains us.
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First Five Podcast: A conversation with a high school yearbook adviser

First Five

The sixth in a series of episodes exploring student journalism and celebrating 2019’s Year of the Student Journalist.
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Newseum Education Team Will Join First Five Columnists

First Five

NewseumED will debut its first contribution on Thursday, April 11, with a column on the challenges and opportunities of today’s media cycle.
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In the Religious Liberty World, Dialogue is not Fluffy — It is Essential

Speech Religion Newseum

Surely we Americans have learned to live together despite our deepest differences! The reality is that, no, we haven’t.
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First Five Podcast: A conversation with the editor-in-chief of The Michigan Daily

The First Five

The fifth in a series of episodes exploring student journalism and celebrating 2019’s Year of the Student Journalist.
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Free Speech Makes Hypocrites of Us All

free speech

While everybody loves the First Amendment in theory, nobody’s all that fond of it in practice.
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