Learn why the First Amendment’s five rights and freedoms are so vital to American democracy. Through case studies, weigh in on Supreme Court decisions in which these protections were challenged.
News literacy topics
A free press; The First Amendment
“With rights come responsibilities, and they do have limitations – quite a few, in fact. Here are four main limitations on these freedoms: First, the First Amendment does not protect personal expression that incites or directly causes violence. Second, it does not protect expression that the courts deem to be obscene. Third, it does not protect disruptive speech or expression in schools. And fourth, it does not give citizens the right to “defame” people – that is to intentionally lie about them in a way that would damage their reputation or livelihood.”