Bill Of Freedoms

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Many freedoms and civil liberties are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. This Bill of Rights is the first ten amendments that are listed the U.S Constitution. A plethora of freedoms and protections are listed in our Bill of Rights, including the freedom of the press, our right to keep and bear arms and protection against search and seizure. The Bill of Rights safeguard many of the rights we practice today, but are also limited by the rights of others. These include, but are not limited to, freedom of speech, being put on trial twice for the same crime, and the freedom of the press. Although the Bill of Rights protects many of our freedoms and rights, they are limited by the rights of others. Firstly, one of the rights guaranteed by the Bill…show more content…
The press includes any form of media that can inform others about current events, some examples of press are newspapers, radio, the news on your television, and much more. The freedom is included in our First Amendment, and the clause forbids the censorship of the press. This means that the government is unable to control what said by the media. This helps citizen be informed about political problems, even though they may not be the best for elected officials. A quote from Thomas Jefferson explains freedom of the press, “...[W]ere it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, i should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” Jefferson is simply explaining that he would rather have newspapers without a government, because our press informs us what is current in our government. An example of freedom of the press is a supreme court case named Hazelwood Sch. Dist.. v. Kuhlmeier (1988).The students who were partaking in their Journalism II class in Hazelwood East High School had written two articles for the school newspaper about the effects of divorce on children and teenage pregnancy. The principle of the school had deemed the articles as inappropriate, and implied a few suggestions. The team of journalist had no time to have new articles written, and they were scrapped immediately. The class had brought the case to the U.S. District Court for the East District of Missouri, stating that the principle was violating the the group of journalist freedom of the press and freedom of speech. The court had decided that it was not violating the group’s rights. the students then appealed to the U.S Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which had inverted the original ruling. Later, the students had appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which then again reversed the ruling of the Eighth Circuit, stating that the
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