On this page, you’ll find a collection of essays regarding contemporary issues facing the First Amendment, created by the Newseum Institute.


Passionate, patriotic protest in defense of civil disorder

Free press

A tough question: Just how ‘JeSuisCharlie’ to be?

#JeSuisCharlie — another way to say ‘Freedom’

In the land of the free, why are schools so afraid of freedom?

Legendary editor Ben Bradlee: For it all, thank you

What will keep unfounded Ebola reports from ‘going viral?’

Executing journalists a savage, futile act

Celebrating two First Amendment landmark moments

Free speech

Duke, Muslims and the politics of intimidation

First Amendment freedoms cast in leading role in 2014

Sure you can say that … but please don’t

Free speech can be a shield or a sword, as Cosby furor shows

Social media no longer just free expression ‘toy box’


For religious freedom and LGBT rights, a year of confusion

Without religious freedom, there will be no lasting peace

As LGBT rights expand, remember the First Amendment

Welcome to college, where religious freedom goes to die

Why branding ISIS matters

With the stroke of a pen

Gay marriage and the First Amendment

Do corporations have religious freedom

Vladimir Putin’s Potemkin village