Essay The Freedom Of The Press

1577 Words Nov 16th, 2014 7 Pages
The amendments in the constitution are what make the constitution, the constitution, and for the matter what make America, America. Without these amendments our government would be in shambles and the public would always be gasping for air, on the verge of collapsing. The first amendment in particular, fittingly, is what really brings the whole constitution together and is without a doubt the most important and useful amendment to the public. The first amendment is known as the right to practice any religion, speak freely in public, and assemble peacefully. The first amendment has made it possible for prominent figures like Martin Luther King Jr. to stand up and speak out in what they believe in and make positive changes in the world that makes it so that everyone can thrive equally today. One key part of the first amendment was freedom of the press. This has made it possible for the media to write and speak about opinions without being prosecuted by the government. In addition, it has made it possible for the public to be aware of injustices without the government being able to cover them up. It allowed more people to speak out and voice their opinions no matter what view they had. The court case, New York Times vs. Sullivan, was a very prominent case involving this aspect of the first amendment which involved the New York Times, who wrote an article about the racism in the south, particularly in Montgomery, Alabama and L.B Sullivan, an elected official in Montgomery who…

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