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One of the most important tools in a journalist’s arsenal

Some parts of the Constitution are more hotly contested in the 21st Century than others. Most Americans assume that Freedom of the Press is a given in this day and age and doesn’t need to be defended in court. Third world countries jail journalists, not the United States.

Wrong, according to organizers of the Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund.

Many journalists every year come under fire from government agencies and need help defending their First Amendment right to publish their stories freely. Continue reading

September 5th, 2014 | #, #, #, #
Let Freedom Sing

From rocking out Helen Reddy’s “I am Woman” to crooning the sensual Black Eyed Peas’ “My Humps” a la the folksy 70s, the First Amendment was exercised with a melody on Thursday night.

Freedom Sings, a program of musicians, perform songs that were once censored by the government for provocative lyrics. The group is the brainchild of Ken Paulson, president of the First Amendment Center, who created Freedom Sings to draw youth to the density of the freedom of speech from censorship. Continue reading

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Reporters Reflect on Lessons Learned in Ferguson

Photo by Julian Paredes

While the crisis in Ferguson raged on in front of camera crews for weeks on end, reporters on the ground saw a different reality.

They also saw that reality distorted – or participated in the distortion themselves – as Ferguson descended into a “war zone” in a matter of days. The protests and the violence were mostly limited to a three street block area and most of the incidents happened after nightfall, more specifically, after midnight.

Speakers at Friday morning’s Ferguson panel were on the scene as the police brutality and subsequent protests unfolded after a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, an unarmed black resident of St. Continue reading