Freedom of the Press

A free press is absolutely necessary in a free society. Protecting journalists ensures they are free to write stories that hold our officials accountable when/if they behave badly. A society without these protections can jail journalists for exposing things like corruption & fraud. But, like all of our liberties, they are not absolute and our court system is tasked with balancing this freedom with other rights and safety.

What you need to learn

Skill to Practice:

Essential to Understand

-Why is a free press so necessary?

Balancing Freedom of Press

-Free Press vs. 6th Amendment right to a fair trial

-Free Press vs. National Security 

Terms

-Prior Restraint: what is it, why is it important, how does it present a necessary “balance”

Court Cases

New York Times v. United States

Documents

U.S. Constitution, First Amendment