"This conference will define what the First Amendment
means to students on college campuses," said Erin Barnett, conference co-director.
"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
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
There is an alternative explanation: copyright is property, and private property is generally exempt from scrutiny under standard First Amendment
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.