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Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, with offices at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. and at the John Seigenthaler Center, on the Vanderbilt University campus, in Nashville, Tenn., serves as a forum for the study and exploration of free-expression issues through education, information and entertainment.

The Center provides education and information to the public and groups, including First Amendment scholars and experts, educators, government policy makers, legal experts and students. The Center is nonpartisan and does not lobby, litigate or provide legal advice.

Founded by John Seigenthaler on Dec. 15, 1991, the 200th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution, the Center has become one of the most authoritative sources of news, information and commentary in the nation on First Amendment-related developments, as well as detailed reports about U.S. Supreme Court cases involving the First Amendment, and commentary, analysis and special reports on free expression, press freedom and religious-liberty issues.

For older articles and commentary, please visit the First Amendment Center’s archival site.

TOPICS

Topics

Find First Amendment research articles by topic or keyword.

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State of the First Amendment

State of the First Amendment

The State of the First Amendment surveys, commissioned since 1997 by the First Amendment Center and Newseum, are a regular check on how Americans view their first freedoms of speech, press, assembly, religion and petition.

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First Amendment FAQ

First Amendment FAQ

Learn more about the five freedoms of the First Amendment.

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Supreme Court Cases

Supreme Court Cases

Access our compilation of Supreme Court decisions relating to the First Amendment since 1999.
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Inside the First Amendment

Inside the First Amendment

Read our weekly column by First Amendment experts Gene Policinski and Charles C. Haynes.

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Podcasts

Podcasts

Journalism/Works is our ongoing podcast that focuses on journalism that matters — news reports in print, broadcast and online that produce change, provide insight and that fulfill the “watchdog on government” mission envisioned for a free press in the First Amendment.

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Moot Court

25th annual National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the cornerstone of American democracy — is the focus of the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.

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Publications

Publications

Download or order publications on First Amendment issues.

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First Amendment Center FAQ

First Amendment Center FAQ

Learn more about the First Amendment Center and what we do.

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About the Founder

About the Founder

John Seigenthaler founded the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center in 1991 with the mission of creating national discussion, dialogue and debate about First Amendment rights and values.

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