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FREE PRESS is ABRIDGED

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FREE PRESS is ABRIDGED

The concept of freedom of the press is often covered by the natural right as freedom of speech. Spoken and published expressions are the same. For further explanation on freedom of speech, see FutureDanger’s exposition on the Indicator entitled “FREE SPEECH is ABRIDGED.”
Most of the humanity, for most of human history, has experienced political censorship. Sadly, in 2013, the U.S. Senate considered a bill that would define a "journalist" as an employee of a state-approved entity that disseminates information. The proposed law envisioned cases where a federal judge also would enjoy the prerogative to proclaim an individual a "journalist" who would be granted privileges under the law.
Major media outlets have no more and no fewer constitutional rights than individuals. Be vigilant for any attempt, by any level or branch of Government, to define who is and who is not the Press. If our constitution is violated like this, these elected tyrants will easily manipulate “journalists”.
The First Amendment is not giving anyone any rights. We have them naturally, before the establishment of Government. This is what modern autocrats fail to comprehend. Citizens are journalists as they choose, when they choose, and how they choose. The art and business of investigating and publishing is free to all. A direct attack on the Constitution is a direct attack on the American people.
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Full Indicator Record

Grade Date Headline Source
LOW 21 Jun 2017 County in Ohio to pay $15k after barring TV station from recording school board meeting [Dayton Daily News]
LOW 01 Apr 2017 NC cop who lied to Uber driver about fake law on recording police gets demoted [CBS]
SEVERE 31 Mar 2017 California legislators attempt 'fake news' ban [Heat Street]
SEVERE 29 Mar 2017 California charges two with 15 felonies for secretly filming Planned Parenthood [AP]
MOD 22 Mar 2017 Minority party on FEC again eyes internet news censorship [Washington Examiner]
LOW 20 Mar 2017 FBI investigating Breitbart & InfoWars in alleged Russian election cyber ops [McClatchy]
MOD 10 Mar 2017 Court quickly halts California from enforcing ban on reporting actors’ ages [Lexology]
MOD 10 Mar 2017 Lying cop orders Uber-driving lawyer to stop recording him due to fake State law [Washington Times]
MOD 03 Mar 2017 Judge orders California to halt fines on lawful, truthful pro-liberty blogger [Guns.com]
LOW 15 Feb 2017 Public Community College suspends student for filming teacher saying election was 'act of terrorism' [Orange County Register]

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