Why the First Amendment is Important to Journalists.

“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 or the right of people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”

Journalists are the voice of the people. This means they should not be censored, and they should be able to share with the public if the government has lied to them, or is doing something wrong. The First Amendment is what makes that possible. Without the First Amendment journalists wouldn’t be able to tell the citizens what was really happening with the government or they would be arrested. For example, if Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein were to try to print a story on the Watergate scandal and the first Amendment wasn’t in place, they would’ve probably been stopped and put in jail. But since it was, they were able to print the story and out a huge scandal. Without the First Amendment, Journalists would simply be another voice for the Government.

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