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Federal Appeals Court Upholds South Carolina Anti-Profanity Law

A statute prohibiting swearing near churches and schools is found to be constitutional.

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Georgia High Court Invalidates Law Prohibiting the Insulting of School Officials

A law criminalizing insults to school officials in front of minors was found unconstitutional because of its overly broad scope.

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Removal of College Student for Facebook Posts

The 8th Circuit limits college student’s rights to online free expression.

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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. It has become one of the most authoritative sources in the nation for information, news, and analysis of issues relating to free expression, press freedom and religious liberty.

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PRIMERS

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Our primers are designed to get you up to speed on First Amendment issues–from the basics to cutting edge topics–in a minimal amount of time.

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Topics

Delve deeper by browsing through our library of First Amendment research articles, sorted by topic.

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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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Inside the First Amendment

Inside the First Amendment

Read our 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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Supreme Court Cases

Supreme Court Cases

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