DIRECTOR’S DESK
Why I’ll Always Fight for the First Amendment

June 2006
by Jan Nathan, Executive Director, PMA

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For many years, PMA has been
a member of the Media Coalition. We chose to join this group because it acts as
a watchdog on attempts to curtail our right of free speech. Many different
groups are represented in the Media Coalition, including book publishers,
magazine publishers, Internet publishers, music publishers, librarians, and
booksellers. We are all working together to ensure that we can continue to offer
our constituents the rights guaranteed by our Constitution’s First Amendment.

 

That amendment says:

 

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.

 

The most basic component of
freedom of expression is the right of freedom of speech, which allows
individuals to express themselves without interference or constraint by the
government.

 

Despite popular misunderstanding,
the right to freedom of the press guaranteed by the First Amendment is not very
different from the right to freedom of speech. It allows individuals to express
themselves through publication. It is part of the constitutional protection of
freedom of expression. It does not give members of the media any rights …IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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