First Amendment Center

Type: Organization
Name: First Amendment Center
First reported 11 hours ago - Updated 11 hours ago - 1 reports

Missouri and the media: What the heck is going on?

What in the heck is going on with the police in Ferguson, Missouri, and journalists?The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of peaceful protests and charged emotions, and nightly chaos and occasional looting, since the Aug. 9 shooting death of a black ... [Published TriCities.com - 11 hours ago]
First reported Aug 31 2014 - Updated Aug 31 2014 - 1 reports

Policinski: James Foley -- courage in the face of danger

Column (Photo: RGJ)By Gene PolicinskiGannettTo just mourn the brutal death of photojournalist James Foley … seems not enough.To just be sickened by the shabby and cowardly manner in which he was beheaded by the terrorist group ISIS … feels inadequate ... [Published Reno Gazette-Journal - Aug 31 2014]
First reported Aug 29 2014 - Updated Aug 30 2014 - 1 reports

Secret judicial ruling blocks release of sexually explicit emails

HARRISBURG — An unnamed judge issued an order blocking an open records law request by the Tribune-Review for emails and links to sexually explicit images reportedly shared by top staffers of the Attorney General's Office.“Your Right-to-Know request cannot ... [Published Pittsburgh Tribune Review - Aug 29 2014]
First reported Aug 30 2014 - Updated Aug 30 2014 - 1 reports

Opinion: Blasphemy, free speech and Oklahoma’s ‘Black Mass’

Nothing does more to erode public support for the First Amendment than public stunts deliberately designed to offend people of faith.Think Fred Phelps and his minions waving hateful signs outside churches during military funerals. Or Terry Jones shouting, ... [Published Westerly Sun - Aug 30 2014]
First reported Aug 23 2014 - Updated Aug 23 2014 - 1 reports

OUR VIEW: Protect student speech

As the school bells ring around Richmond County and students make their way to class Monday morning, we hope teachers and administrators remember: Students have free-speech rights, too.All too often, school officials throughout the nation are quick to ... [Published Richmond County Daily Journal - Aug 23 2014]
First reported Aug 22 2014 - Updated Aug 22 2014 - 1 reports

Media and police in Missouri: What is going on?

To the Editor:What in the heck is going on with the police in Ferguson, Missouri, and journalists?The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of peaceful protests and charged emotions, and nightly chaos and rampant looting, following the Aug. 9 shooting death ... [Published Petersburg Progress-Index - Aug 22 2014]
First reported Aug 20 2014 - Updated Aug 20 2014 - 1 reports

Nominations Open for James Madison Award

LEXINGTON, Ky., Aug. 18 -- The University of Kentucky issued the following news release:Freedom of speech and freedom of the press are two of the linchpins of American democracy. The Scripps Howard First Amendment Center in the School of Journalism and ... [Published HighBeam Research - Aug 20 2014]
First reported Aug 15 2014 - Updated Aug 15 2014 - 1 reports

Editorial: Milford should end consideration of panhandler ordinance

No one likes to have to beg for money.It gets cold out, it gets hot out, it rains and it snows, and strangers often treat you very poorly when you stand on a corner and ask them for money.Yet, those who panhandle dot the landscape of Greater New Have ... [Published Register Citizen - Aug 15 2014]
First reported Aug 04 2014 - Updated Aug 05 2014 - 1 reports

Hmm… Hotel says $500 bad-review fee was a joke

A hotel suddenly drowning in bad online reviews over $500 fee for bad online reviews said Monday it was only joking." The policy regarding wedding fines was put on our site as a tongue-in-cheek response to a wedding many years ago. It was meant to be ... [Published CNBC - Aug 04 2014]
First reported Jul 31 2014 - Updated Aug 01 2014 - 2 reports

Did New Jersey School's Anti-Bullying Policy Go Too Far?

Education officials in New Jersey are being sued for allegedly infringing on a student’s free-speech rights when he was accused of bullying another student.According to a lawsuit filed by the Rutherford Institute, a school nurse sent a letter to parents ... [Published Heritage Foundation - Aug 01 2014]
First reported Jul 08 2014 - Updated Jul 08 2014 - 1 reports

Survey: Many citizens still lack familiarity with U.S. freedoms

MURFREESBORO — A new national survey by the Nashville-based First Amendment Center indicates that nearly a third of Americans still can’t name one of the five freedoms — speech, religion, press, assembly and petitioning the government — guaranteed by ... [Published Columbia Daily Herald - Jul 08 2014]
First reported Jul 07 2014 - Updated Jul 08 2014 - 1 reports

The most depressing chart you’ll see all day

The American people are low-information voters. But their lack of information doesn't just apply to the candidates they vote for or the issues that are important to them; it also applies to some of the most basic founding principles of this country -- ... [Published The Fix - Jul 07 2014]

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As the court explained, "the Establishment Clause is not properly construed to command that government accounts of history be devoid of religious references."
On Twitter, Lowery wrote, "Apparently, in America, in 2014, police can manhandle you, take you into custody, put you in cell & then open the door like it didn't happen."
"Legally it probably has the same effect as a no-smoking policy" said Gene Policinski, the chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the First Amendment Center...
"With the passing of John Seigenthaler, the federal Judiciary has lost a cherished friend and partner, who was a champion devoted to the preservation of a vital Third Branch,” said Chief Judge Robert Katzmann.  “John’s pioneering Judges and Journalists programs importantly increased media understanding of the courts, benefiting the courts, the media and the public they both serve" said Katzmann, who chairs the Judicial Branch Committee of the Judicial Conference, which has partnered with the First Amendment Center in the Judges...

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Missouri and the media: What the heck is going on? [Published TriCities.com - 11 hours ago]
Policinski: James Foley -- courage in the face ... [Published Reno Gazette-Journal - Aug 31 2014]
Opinion: Blasphemy, free speech and Oklahoma’s ... [Published Westerly Sun - Aug 30 2014]
Secret judicial ruling blocks release of sexual... [Published Pittsburgh Tribune Review - Aug 29 2014]
Cross at Ground Zero: History lesson or state r... [Published Petersburg Progress-Index - Aug 26 2014]
OUR VIEW: Protect student speech [Published Richmond County Daily Journal - Aug 23 2014]
Media and police in Missouri: What is going on? [Published Petersburg Progress-Index - Aug 22 2014]
The Ethics Of Banning A Brutal Beheading Video [Published Think Progress - Aug 21 2014]
Nominations Open for James Madison Award [Published HighBeam Research - Aug 20 2014]
‘Outside agitators’ worsening unrest in Ferguso... [Published KansasCity.com - Aug 19 2014]
Prayer letter raises questions [Published Columbia Daily Herald - Aug 19 2014]
Editorial: Milford should end consideration of ... [Published Register Citizen - Aug 15 2014]
As Milford considers ban, panhandling is free s... [Published New Haven Register - Aug 11 2014]
Hmm… Hotel says $500 bad-review fee was a joke [Published CNBC - Aug 04 2014]
Did New Jersey School's Anti-Bullying Policy Go... [Published Heritage Foundation - Aug 01 2014]
First amendment gets mixed with death penalty case [Published Elkhart Truth - Aug 01 2014]
Some Anti-Bullying Policies Disrespect Free Speech [Published Rutherford Institute - Jul 31 2014]
Jim Gray and Anthany Beatty agree to “This I Be... [Published Kentucky Kernel - Jul 30 2014]
Middle finger leads to man’s arrest [Published Richmond County Daily Journal - Jul 29 2014]
Letter: Remove those signs [Published Panama City News Herald - Jul 28 2014]
In Tennessee mosque fight, religious freedom tr... [Published Petersburg Progress-Index - Jul 25 2014]
John Seigenthaler: 'Cherished Friend'... [Published U.S. Courts News - Jul 17 2014]
Kennedys, Gore among thousands honoring memory ... [Published WATE - Jul 15 2014]
Seigenthaler: One of journalism’s greats [Published Columbia Daily Herald - Jul 13 2014]
Journalist, Tennessee icon John Seigenthaler di... [Published WATE - Jul 11 2014]
Michelle Leung: Fox News Defends Hate Speech Wi... [Published Media Matters for America - County Fair - Jul 10 2014]
100 Faith Leaders To Obama: Religious Liberty S... [Published Think Progress - Jul 08 2014]
Survey: Many citizens still lack familiarity wi... [Published Columbia Daily Herald - Jul 08 2014]
The most depressing chart you’ll see all day [Published The Fix - Jul 07 2014]
Charita Goshay: Jailing of any journalist imper... [Published Canton Repository - Jun 29 2014]
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The Ethics Of Banning A Brutal Beheading Video [Published Think Progress - Aug 21 2014]
Graphic images and video of slain U.S. photojournalist James Foley, who was kidnapped and beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), began circulating news sites and social media feeds almost immediately after the video was released ...
John Seigenthaler: 'Cherished Friend'... [Published U.S. Courts News - Jul 17 2014]
Beginning 15 years ago and continuing through last year, noted publisher and First Amendment advocate John Seigenthaler met annually with groups of journalists and federal judges in an effort to help them better understand each other. The sessions took ...
Michelle Leung: Fox News Defends Hate Speech Wi... [Published Media Matters for America - County Fair - Jul 10 2014]
Fox News suggested HGTV ran afoul of the First Amendment when it canceled an upcoming reality show following reports of the hosts' extreme anti-gay and Islamophobic activism. HGTV  cancelled  its forthcoming reality show  Flip It Forward  following  ...
100 Faith Leaders To Obama: Religious Liberty S... [Published Think Progress - Jul 08 2014]
CREDIT: AP A group 100 religious clergy, theologians, and faith leaders sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday urging him not to include religious exemptions in a forthcoming executive order prohibiting federal contractors from using ...
The most depressing chart you’ll see all day [Published The Fix - Jul 07 2014]
The American people are low-information voters. But their lack of information doesn't just apply to the candidates they vote for or the issues that are important to them; it also applies to some of the most basic founding principles of this country -- ...
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