[USC] Freedom of the…What?
JOURNALISM / USC Annenberg School Projects

[USC] Freedom of the…What?

The First Amendment’s Press Clause may seem simple and straightforward at first glance: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom… of the press.” It guarantees that any material, even government critiques, can be published — no interference, punishment or censorship allowed. Thomas Jefferson’s oft-quoted declaration that “newspapers without a government” would be preferable to “a government without newspapers” supports this idea. The press should have not only the ability but also the constitutional right to hold government accountable. Yet various changes in the modern journalism industry threaten the press as a protected institution… Continue reading