Inside the First Amendment (Archive)

Regular commentary from the Freedom Forum Institute on First Amendment issues is now distributed under the “First Five” banner — which also includes a podcast and a weekly newsletter.

First Five Newsletter: January 23, 2019

First Five

Proposed rules and guidance to religion and public schools, arguments that could dramatically alter the line separating church and state and more.
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First Amendment-ish

First Amendment

The First Amendment prevents the government from censoring or punishing your speech, but it doesn’t apply to private organizations.
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2020: The year to support, defend – and trust – our free press

2020 resolution

In 2020, in order to defend and support that core freedom, we will need to confront in real ways the storm of disinformation, news manipulation and dwindling ranks of journalism that’s been building for nearly a decade.
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The ‘Bedrock Principle’ of the First Amendment

United States Flag

The “bedrock principle” phrase from a 1989 flag-burning decision, has come to represent a cardinal principle of First Amendment law — that the First Amendment protects much offensive expression.
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We’re divided in new ways over our core First Amendment freedoms

First Amendment

Recap the controversial and multi-faceted First Amendment issues of 2019, from a Black Lives Matter activist lawsuit, the Ukraine-Biden investigation controversy, regulatory threats over political advertising and beyond.
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‘A Profound National Commitment’ to ‘Robust’ Debate

New York Times

Public officials who sue for libel, must meet a high standard of proof and show that the publisher printed the statements knowing they were false or acted with “reckless disregard.”
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When words speak louder than actions

Choose Your Words

The First Amendment may protect our right to speak freely, but it does have limits.
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No apology needed for good journalism – even when you don’t like it

Newspaper

Harvard’s student government voted to support a petition condemning their student newspaper, for the factual reporting of protests against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement some weeks ago.
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Freedom of Religion and Worshiping in Texas Prisons Brown v. Collier (2019)

Praying open palms

Muslim inmates who were previously allowed to participate in group worship under indirect supervision must now await volunteers to facilitate directly supervised religious gatherings.
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