The Importance of a Free Press


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The events in Ferguson underscored the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment, including freedom of speech and the right to assembly, but most significantly freedom of the press. In this
lesson, after reviewing the text of the First Amendment, students will hear Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery discuss his detention in Ferguson. They will then review a press conference with the police captain in charge of security to understand some of the challenges the police faced in guaranteeing safety for protesters, police, journalists, and community members. Finally, students will reflect on what's at stake when press freedoms are threatened.

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    Grade: 9 to 12

    Topics: Civics, American Democracy

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