The First Amendment to the Constitution: Freedom of Speech

Incontrast, although the Court in the early part of the last century hadconsidered the First Amendment claims of political dissidents with somefrequency, it took nearly 150 years after the adoption of the Bill of Rights,and the First Amendment along with it, for the Court to issue its firstdecision based squarely on the freedom of the press.

Supreme Court unanimously reaffirms: There is no ‘hate speech’ exception to the First Amendment

Most significantly,because of a perceived “scarcity” of the electromagnetic spectrum, the Courthas held that Congress and the Federal Communications Commission may regulatethe activities of broadcasters operating over “public” airwaves in a mannerthat would surely violate the First Amendment if applied to newspapers.


Robots Deserve a First Amendment Right to Free Speech

Beyond the political purpose of free speech, the FirstAmendment provides American people with a "marketplace of ideas."Rather than having the government establish and dictate the truth, freedom ofspeech enables the truth to emerge from diverse opinions.