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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.

First Five Newsletter: June 13, 2019

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Censorship and social media, expansion of the Assange indictment, arresting for profanity and more.
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New Assange Charges Raise Two First Amendment Alarms

Julian Assange

We know journalism when we see, read or hear it, not when a government official tells us.
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First Five Newsletter: June 6, 2019

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Overcoming election propaganda, Twitter’s acquisition of a London-based startup, recent charges dropped against white nationalists and more.
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Propaganda on the Ballot

As we prepare for the 2020 presidential election, let’s all do our part to ensure that the information we consume and share is factually accurate.
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First Five Podcast: Deep Conviction — A Look At Religious Liberty

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Author and lawyer Steven Collis talks about four very different Americans who put their reputations and livelihoods at risk to preserve and live their personal beliefs.
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First Five Newsletter: May 30, 2019

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Memorial Day reflections, Facebook’s takedown of inauthentic accounts, Pete Buttigieg’s stance on religious freedom and more.
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Contributions of African Americans Often Have Been Minimized or Overlooked in U.S. History — Including in the Observance of Memorial Day

Memorials have been significant milestones in the healing of our nation. But nothing replaces the deeper personal work of examining unconscious bias and prejudice.
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First Five Newsletter: May 23, 2019

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The weaponization of social media during global elections, a flood of misinformation on Facebook and more.
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Across Global Elections, Social Media Spreads Political Propaganda and Disinformation

RSF, Reporters Without Borders, Vote

These elections showcase the prominent role social media plays in the democratic process. It’s a crucial source of political information for voters — and a potential vehicle for misinformation.
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First Five Podcast: What’s ‘up’ with aerial news drones?

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Mickey Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association and a national expert, provides the latest updates on legal issues surrounding the growing use of drones to gather news, including photos and video.
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