First Amendment


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

First′ Amend′ment


n.
an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prohibiting Congress from interfering with freedom of religion, speech, assembly, or petition.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.First Amendment - an amendment to the Constitution of the United States guaranteeing the right of free expression; includes freedom of assembly and freedom of the press and freedom of religion and freedom of speech
Bill of Rights - a statement of fundamental rights and privileges (especially the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution)
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
References in periodicals archive ?
"This conference will define what the First Amendment means to students on college campuses," said Erin Barnett, conference co-director.
I made a forceful defense of the First Amendment during the hearing and stated my long-held view that the First Amendment prevents the government from regulating the content of speech.
"When we buy into this narrative that free speech is a conservative value and censorship is a liberal value," he says, "we basically invite this chasm where the First Amendment and free speech values steadily get less and less support." To do that, he adds, is also "historically completely illiterate."
It also features content from expert organizations such as the Newseum's First Amendment Center.
In his opening remarks, Post publisher Fred Ryan said, "We rely on the First Amendment to guarantee freedoms of expression that are the foundation of our democracy and a model for democracies across the world." He noted current concerns, from political tensions to cultural sensitivities and evolving technologies, which could affect our ability to protect our Constitutional rights of "religion, speech, assembly, and petition."
While it is indeed legal under the First Amendment to photograph, film or record police officers going about their duties in public, the court also concluded that plaintiffs engaged in conduct only (the act of making a recording) as opposed to expressive conduct (using the recording to criticize the police or otherwise comment on officers' actions) do not face criminal penalties. 
All have raised First Amendment claims in the last few years,
* James Risen, New York Times -- First Amendment Award
There is an alternative explanation: copyright is property, and private property is generally exempt from scrutiny under standard First Amendment doctrine.
Of equal dismay is the fact that many respondents couldn't name the specific freedoms protected by the First Amendment: 59% knew freedom of speech; 24% religion; 14% press; 11% assembly; and just 4% knew the First Amendment protects the freedom to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Special protection advocates claim the First Amendment, at least as understood and applied by many officials and courts, is insufficient.
Documentary filmmaker Michael Kirk, NF '80, is this year's recipient of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication's First Amendment Award, which will be presented at the association's annual meeting in August.

Full browser ?