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Freedom to report the news necessarily means the freedom to gather it, and police in Ferguson, Mo., have blatantly tried to stop journalists from doing their jobs.
Supreme Court will look at question of whether threats made in social media can be considered ‘true threats.’
A great man, a great journalist, a great lover of freedom has died, leaving a lasting legacy.
Although this year’s State of the First Amendment survey shows some disturbing results, it also indicates more Americans back free expression in areas of society that have not always enjoyed popular support.
‘The mere fact that a dramatic work or pantomime includes a magic trick, or even that a particular illusion is its central feature, does not render it devoid’ of protection, district judge writes.
CBS News’ Edward R. Murrow’s crusading broadcasts and the Supreme Court’s Sullivan decision helped reshape contemporary American life and how as a nation we perceive and apply our core freedoms of free press and free speech.
The government’s record on good intentions and the news media provides enough cause to worry.
Case involving flashing headlights to warn motorists of speed traps reminds us that government can’t override our free speech without good reason rooted in law.
One of the hardest times for the image of the First Amendment is when its protection means sheltering speech that most people find offensive, degrading or vile.
Nothing about the national debate over abortion is simple — and that applies at times to even the words and manner we use in talking about it.
To reshape public debate in a more civil manner, truth, independence and transparency are a good place for a free press to start.
Phil Robertson’s adventures in free speech remind us that, as long as government doesn’t intervene, there’s no First Amendment issue.
There are strong First Amendment reasons for disclosure of 911 calls, including those recently released from last year’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn.
Outside of the most rabid conspiracy circles, it’s fair to say we know a great deal about the assassination of President Kennedy thanks to a half-century of news and information brought to us unfettered by government censorship.