Posts tagged 'First Amendment'

Free speech heated on campuses

Posted: June 15, 2017 | Tags: First Amendment

Free speech controversies on college campuses nationwide show some experts that students need education about First Amendment protections earlier and often, according to a panel of academic and free speech authorities who spoke Wednesday afternoon at the Newseum. 

Panelists said many American college students overwhelmingly support the First Amendment but feel campus leaders should create policies that limit or restrict offensive speech. That shows a tension over what free speech is meant to do. 

"They support the First Amendment, but with significant exceptions,” Newseum CEO Jeffrey Herbst, who was a panelist, said of college students. 

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First Amendment study shows fear drives public perception

Posted: July 17, 2013 | Tags: First Amendment, Newseum

Photo by Maria Bryk, Newseum

Legal scholars talk about the study's findings that people are willing to give up some freedoms for increased security.

Widespread perception of fear, caused by events such as the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year, is one of the major threats to the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment. This is one of the key findings of this year’s “State of the First Amendment” report, a study conducted annually by the nonprofit First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

The results did not come as a surprise. “When you see ...

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