A marketplace of ideas

Welcome to Exchange – a Freedom Forum Institute space where the First Amendment’s provision for a “marketplace of ideas” finds a digital space home. Exchange will feature commentary and opinions, updates on major First Amendment issues and developments and more. Look for views on all sides of issues, domestic and international – with those unique contributions from the Freedom Forum Institute and from the Newseum , located on Pennsylvania Ave. NW, in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Browse the Exchange by topic to find a variety of views involving our core freedoms – religion, speech, press, assembly and petition – and then use that information to make decisions as a better-informed citizen.

Spotting Fake News

Escape Fake News

Fake news is nothing new. Despite its rise to fame thanks to the 2016 presidential election, the phenomenon has been around since humans have been able to relay information – from spoken word to the first newspapers and now, to social media. It’s also nothing to be afraid of. When armed with the right tools and information, anyone can spot fake news from a mile away.
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Is the comic stage a safe haven for freedom of expression?

City Dionysia

The introduction of comedy to ancient Athens, and the subsequent reactions to its extremities by both public authorities and the general public, sheds light on the continuing current debates regarding free speech.
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Free speech: An evolution through history into a protected freedom

A series of Newseum Institute articles by contributor Ashley Mehra over the coming year will offer a historical perspective to the current debate on the extent of free speech in America.
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Free speech, celebrity sex tapes, and Digital Age issues

We’re just beginning as a society to reset legal lines in the Digital Age for protection of personal privacy, personal information reported by the news media, how we deal with so-called “revenge porn,” and even the extent to which you and I can post critical comments online.
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What a strange year it’s been for First Amendment freedoms

The First Amendment and the power of fear

What a strange, challenging and dangerous year it’s been for First Amendment freedoms, at home and abroad.
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First Five: Drones, an age-old FDA battle, Republicans and the First Amendment Defense Act

Scouring the web for First Amendment news is our job. Enjoy First Five, your regular dose of First Amendment news.
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Understanding what we need to see – and do not

The shooting of two television journalists. Viewable from two perspectives, including that of the gunman himself. We saw — or could see if we wished, and apparently millions of us did — the awfulness of it, immediately.
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A free press in ‘time of war’ — or at home — is not the enemy

A new Department of Defense “Law of War” manual distributed in June opens the door for U.S. military commanders — and, ominously, for repressive regimes around the world — to deem reporters who operate outside of official channels and who resist censorship as “unprivileged belligerents.”
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Parents of missing journalist speak out in Washington, D.C.


Marc and Debra Tice are working with Reporters Without Borders to bring home their son, Austin, who went missing in Syria in 2012.
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Third Journalist Executed by Islamic State

Kenji Goto

Kenji Goto, a freelance journalist who was the focus of a last-minute prisoner swap involving Japan and Jordan, has been beheaded by the Islamic State, or ISIS.
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