Freedom of Sppech Essay

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During the semester we talked about a lot of things but the topic that stood out to me was the First Amendment, which was the freedom of speech and press. In this Paper I will explain the different freedom of speech and the different freedom of press. The First amendment was one of importance of freedom of expression in the democracy that were doing the United States rebuilding stage. This amendment guaranteed citizens of the new country freedoms in five different areas such as Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or banning the freedom of speech or the press; or the right of the people peaceably, to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Unfortunately there were limits: Publishers could not be allowed to destroy and honest citizen’s reputation or invade his or her privacy. National security issues, such as military secrets, were also a concern. The 1st Amendment has been rewritten over the years because of the accepted ideas that forms of expression are protected, but some forms are much more protected than others in the constitution. One of the criterion for the levels of protection is the type of speech. Political speech is all the ideas, and the facts that back up the ideas, about the meaning and correct course of the government is the most protected. Artistic speech, which includes creative works such as painting, dance and literature. Commercial speech is advertising. Indecent speech, or indecency, which enjoys the least protection. The 1st amendment also protects the medium of people. During different times in US history printed media have enjoyed the highest level of protection. Movies were not given 1st amendment protection until 1952 because they were considered a novelty rather than a significant medium for the communication of

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