Speaking Freely: The Future Of The First Amendment


The Newseum is hosting a live discussion on the First Amendment featuring Joshua Johnson and Eli Pariser Friday. You can watch it here at 2:30 . The First Amendment has become much more than a legal doctrine, Columbia University President Lee Bollinger wrote in the Columbia Journalism Review . It is a core part of the American identity. As much as it is about rights—the right of dissent, of sovereignty residing in the citizenry and not in the government, and so on—it is also about the character of the society,” Bollinger continues. And thats why questions, criticisms, or threats to the First Amendment can cause such a visceral reaction among Americans. But how did we make it to this interpretation? Several court cases, dating back a century, made it so....

Speaking Freely: The Future Of The First Amendment

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