Exchange

A marketplace of ideas

Welcome to Exchange – a Newseum Institute space where the First Amendment’s provision for a “marketplace of ideas” finds a digital space home. Exchange will feature commentary and opinions, updates on major First Amendment issues and developments and more. Look for views on all sides of issues, domestic and international – with those unique contributions from the Newseum Institute and from the Newseum , located on Pennsylvania Ave. NW, in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Browse the Exchange by topic to find a variety of views involving our core freedoms – religion, speech, press, assembly and petition – and then use that information to make decisions as a better-informed citizen.

Newseum Q&A: Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo Q&A

Listen to the Jan. 18 town hall discussion about free speech and religious liberty in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.
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A tough question: Just how ‘Je Suis Charlie’ to be?

Je Suis Charlie

After one week, a tough question already is being asked: Just how “JeSuisCharlie” (I am Charlie) should we be?
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In wake of tragedy, a true test of our courage

Je Suis Charlie

We owe a debt to those who stand up for what they believe, reporting, writing and expressing themselves, regardless of personal consequence.
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#JeSuisCharlie – another way to say ‘Freedom’

Stephane Charbonnier

Once again, terrorists ignore the lessons of history: individuals may be silenced by violence from time to time, but ideas live on and ultimately will find their way to the world.
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Journalists Killed in Attack on French Weekly

Charlie Hebdo attack

“Darkest day of the history of the French press” is a horrific example of the battle between tyranny and freedom of expression.
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#Ferguson, #FirstAmendment

Ferguson October

Something more than fires and rage has been sparked in the streets of Ferguson. The First Amendment, like the city, is now a rallying cry and a hashtag for protesters exercising their rights to peaceably assemble and to petition the government.
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Video: Conflict in Ferguson

Conflict in Ferguson

On Nov. 28, 2014, SiriusXM radio host Joe Madison moderated a Newseum NOW! program exploring media coverage of the recent events in Ferguson, Mo.
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Seeing the news – from every angle – is necessary to report it

Inside the First Amendment

Things are not “looking up” when it comes to our ability to “look down” or just around to keep an eye on what our police and other authorities are doing.
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Social media no longer just free expression ‘toy box’

Social Media

Time to take social media out of the freedom of expression “toy box.” Serious issues and serious work now abound in this relatively young method by which we not only exchange information, but also to rally to causes and hold public officials accountable.
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Why branding ISIS matters

Inside the First Amendment

The media drumbeat that our enemy is an “Islamic State” is a significant propaganda victory for ISIS, an extremist group that seeks to recruit young Muslims to help “restore” what ISIS misleadingly describes as an Islamic order that will unite all Muslims.
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