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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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.

Across Global Elections, Social Media Spreads Political Propaganda and Disinformation

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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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First Five Newsletter: May 16, 2019

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Defending a free press, an op-ed from Facebook’s Nick Clegg, the removal of content on the Afforable Care Act on government websites and more.
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Defending all of us by Defending a Free Press

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We should all be concerned when journalists are prevented from representing us when and where news occurs.
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Two Champions of Freedom Now Gone From Us: Keith, Lugar


Damon Keith. Richard Lugar. Two American citizens whose lives and commitment to freedom and the United States made differences for all of us.
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First Amendment Center Files First Amicus Brief in Case on Media Access to Public Records

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The amicus brief was written in support of several Washington news media organizations and emphasizes the value to the public of the types of records they have requested.
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First Five Newsletter: May 9, 2019

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The prosecution of Julian Assange, pregnancy and the First Amendment, a recent ABA survey and more.
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First Five Podcast: Student Journalists: On Journalism, Pulitzer Prizes

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Freedom Forum Institute President Gene Policinski speaks with collegiate student journalists attending the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes awards ceremony at Columbia University in New York City.
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Losing our Core Freedoms by Not Knowing We Have Them

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In 2019, widespread ignorance of our core freedoms and how our government functions is just plain dangerous.
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First Five Podcast: All Sides

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An interview with John Gable, the founder of AllSides — a media technology company that exposes people to information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world — and each other.
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