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NNA provides its members with content they can reprint in their papers or on their websites. This content includes First Amendment columns or editorials from the Freedom Forum, available weekly.

Printing Guns: Looking at All the Dimensions

Aug 9, 2018

Are 3-D printer designs protected by the First Amendment? This was the legal defense raised by Cody Wilson back in 2015, who faced prosecution for violating federal gun export laws after he created a gun ...

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Does It Really Matter That Americans Don't Know Exactly What The First Amendment Says?

Jul 16, 2018

The majority of Americans are supportive of the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment, but are also unaware of exactly what those rights are, according to the recently released 2018 State of the First ...

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The biggest threat to democracy might be the loss of local newspapers

Jun 14, 2018

If you're reading this column in your local newspaper, congratulations! Just by skimming your eyeballs over this page, whether it's in print or online, you're doing a vital service for your hometown, and ...

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An ongoing outrage, a tragedy — and a puzzling farce

May 31, 2018

The reports came like thunderbolts this week: Another journalist beaten to death in Mexico. Two journalists killed in the United States while reporting on a dangerous storm. And a Russian journalist assassinated ...

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Proposed Infrastructure Laws Jeopardize Freedom to Assemble

May 21, 2018

Rightly or wrongly, certain First Amendment issues tend to dominate the national conversation more than others. Bring up President Trump's tweets criticizing the news media, college campus protests of ...

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Hannity Hassle: Let's Apply 'the Five W's and How'

Apr 20, 2018

If the burning national question of the moment is whether Fox News Channel star Sean Hannity is a "journalist" or not, let's use the long-held set of journalistic questions to investigate: The proverbial ...

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Sinclair: Next time, just put your name to the message

Apr 6, 2018

Sinclair Broadcasting's recent promotional message on the state of today's news — delivered to its TV audiences nationwide — is as protected by the First Amendment as it was an oafish attempt ...

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School walkouts in the wake of 'Parkland' — protected by the First Amendment or not?

Feb 26, 2018

The national walkouts that students are currently organizing to call for new gun control legislation are commendable examples of "Generation Z" exercising its First Amendment freedoms. Unfortunately, students, ...

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Protect journalists with the same laws that protect all of us

Feb 1, 2018

I understand the motivation behind the just-proposed Journalist Protection Act, which would make it a federal crime to attack those involved in reporting the news. The legislation comes at a time of particularly ...

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