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First Amendment: Freedom of the Press

A free press tells us what is going in the country.

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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 First Amendment protects five rights, and one of them is freedom of the press. This right is essential to a free nation.

What Is Freedom of the Press?

Freedom of the press is the right to report on the news without meddling from the government. This means the government cannot stop anyone from reporting on the news, or punish them for doing so. This right is important because the role of the press is to make sure people know what is happening in the country.

The Founding Fathers protected reporters because the British government had tried to censor the news in the American colonies. The Crown tried to stop journalists from speaking against the king.

Why Do We Need a Free Press?

In the U.S.A., the public has the right to know what people in the government are doing. For this, the country needs a press that can tell people if the government is doing anything wrong.

Watching the government isn’t the only role of the press, however. It is also the way we stay informed on news that happens in our towns, states, country, and the world.

These are some reasons that all Americans must preserve the First Amendment and the rights it protects.


Jeff Charles

Race Relations & Media Affairs Correspondent at and A self-confessed news and political junkie, Jeff’s writing has been featured in Small Business Trends, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. Born in Southern California and having experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close and personal, Jeff’s insights are informed by his experiences as a black man and a conservative.

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