Summary of How Free Is Our Freedom of the Press?

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How Free Is Our Freedom of the Press? summary
New technologies finally can guarantee the rights the First Amendment promises.

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The First Amendment to the US Constitution makes a venerable promise: “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.” Alas, advances in government surveillance technology have impinged on journalists’ ability to exercise freedom of speech and to report grievances. But according to legal analyst Trevor Timm, technology is emerging to protect the press and the whistle-blowers who put themselves at gross personal risk to reveal nasty truths. getAbstract recommends Timm’s enlightening report to all US citizens, who have a civic duty to stay informed on this topic.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the US government has unlawfully flouted the First Amendment of the US Constitution
  • How the Obama administration reneged on its promise to protect whistle-blowers
  • How advances in technology now can protect journalists and informants, as well as their constitutional rights
 

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In 2006, New York Times journalist James Risen wrote a book, State of War, which contends that the US National Security Agency (NSA) was bugging the phone calls of American...
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About the Speaker

Activist and legal analyst Trevor Timm is a co-founder of Freedom of the Press Foundation.


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