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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

First Amendment

Every once in a while it is good review the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

I was quite disturbed by the actions of St. Paul law enforcement officials who arrested several members of the press who were doing their jobs covering protests outside the Republican National Convention. One of those arrested represented the Associated Press, a supposedly neutral news source!

Perhaps you would like to read up on the First Amendment and the Constitution, and the freedom of the press. A good place to start would be with the words of the framers of these vital documents. Look for for two volume set, The Debate on the Constitution [342.73 DEB]. There was much debate in putting together the document that has survived for more than 200 years!

Let's hope that journalists will be permitted to do their jobs in St. Paul, and everywhere in the U.S.!

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