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.

Executing journalists a savage, futile act

Those who Tuesday killed journalist Steven Sotloff – and who killed photojournalist James Foley on August 19 – are as ignorant of how a free press functions as they are brutal in their methods of gaining the world’s attention.
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James Foley: Courage in the face of danger

Photo by Nicole Tung/Courtesy Agence France-Presse

The Committee to Protect Journalists lists nearly 50 journalists and other media workers who have been killed or died thus far in 2014 while gathering and reporting news.
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Media and Missouri: What the heck is going on?

Inside the First Amendment

Freedom to report the news necessarily means the freedom to gather it, whether a journalist for mainstream media or a citizen using a cell phone camera.
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Law, History Support Arrested Reporters

Octavio Gomez

Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly, the Washington Post and Huffington Post reporters who were arrested Aug. 13 in Ferguson, Mo., while covering the bloody protests in that St. Louis suburb, have history and the law on their side.

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