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.

First Five Newsletter: September 5, 2019

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Attempts to hinder First Amendment rights, Google’s big fine, social media’s misinformation origin and more.
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First Amendment Protections Resilient for Free Speech, Free Press

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Any attempts to limit First Amendment rights deserve scrutiny, but clearly run against the core values held by sizeable majorities in an era when such majorities rarely exist.
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First Five Newsletter: August 29, 2019

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Religious studies in schools, Bitcoin’s protection by the First Amendment, the need for a diverse press and more.
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Back to School — And Religion Is on the Syllabus?


It may surprise some, but a significant majority of Americans — including public school teachers — say yes.
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First Five Newsletter: August 22, 2019

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Religious beliefs in the workplace, suspended social media disinformation campaign and more.
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Can Government Contractors Refuse Workers Based on Religious Beliefs?

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The greatly expanded scope of the exemption means that it has the potential to bolster one aspect of religious freedom (for some) while undermining another.
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First Five Newsletter: August 15, 2019

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Online censorship protections, social media controversies, federal employee union lawsuit and more.
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Are social media companies going “too far” to regulate content on their platforms?

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Americans are no longer taking everything they see on the internet at face value — and that’s a good thing for our democracy.
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First Five Newsletter: August 8, 2019

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Conspiracy theories’ harmful effects, amendment to limit campaign spending, dismissed lawsuit against Wikileaks and more. First Five Column Katharine Kosin and Kirsti Kenneth reflect on the renewed public discussion of potential
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Countering Conspiracy Theories with Critical Thinking

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Conspiracy theories are growing, alongside their consequences, but it is possible to help limit their spread and harmful effects.
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