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FIRST AMENDMENT & FREE EXPRESSION
- American Association of University
Defends academic freedom and tenure, among other college and
- American Booksellers Foundation for Free
Founded by American Booksellers Association in 1990, ABFFE is
the booksellers' voice in the fight against censorship.
- American Civil Liberties
Nationwide, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and
preserving the Bill of Rights for all individuals through litigation,
legislation and public education.
- American Library Association Office
for Intellectual Freedom
Charged with implementing ALA policies on
intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the
association's basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials.
The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the
nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries.
- Beacon for Freedom of
International database on censorship of books and newspapers,
as well as on literature on freedom of expression, produced by the former
Norwegian Forum for Freedom of Expression. Funded by the Norwegian Ministry of
Culture and Church Affairs.
- Brechner Center for Freedom of
"Answers queries about media law from journalists, attorneys,
and other members of the public." Explains issues, reacts to developments,
assists research on "libel, privacy, prior restraints, freedom of information,
Florida's Government in the Sunshine Laws, access to courts and other First
- Center for Arts and
Independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that "aims to
broaden and deepen the national conversation on culture and cultural policies."
Commissions research, holds public roundtables, and publishes new voices and
perspectives on arts and culture. Topics include law, globalization, access,
preservation, community, investment, education.
- Center for Campus Free
Nonprofit group “dedicated to preserving the marketplace of ideas
on college campuses across the country. We provide students, faculty, and
administrators with legal expertise through our network of experts."
- Center for First
At California State University-Long Beach. "Dedicated
to providing programs to educate students and the public about their First
Amendment heritage, and to encourage faculty to do original research on freedom
- Chilling Effects
"Do you know your online rights? Have you received a letter
asking you to remove information from a Web site or to stop engaging in an
activity? Are you concerned about liability for information that someone else
posted to your online forum?" Joint project of Electronic Frontier Foundation,
Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and University of
Maine law school clinics. Seeks to help online users and Web site operators
protect their rights.
- Coalition of Journalists for Open
Provides information on FOI efforts, "transparency in
- Electronic Frontier
"Protecting rights and promoting freedom in the electronic
- Ellen K. Solender
Institute in Free Speech and Mass Media Law
At Underwood Law Library,
Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University.
- Environmental Defender Law
"Nonprofit organization that enlists top American law firms to
work pro bono in defending against SLAPP suits in the U.S. that involve
Information and links about the U.S. Constitution, Bill of
Rights, First Amendment.
- Fair Use
Information and resources to help artists, scholars, activists
and others discern their rights to fair use of others' material under copyright
and trademark law.
- Feminists for Free Expression
group of diverse feminists working to preserve the individual's right to see,
hear, and produce materials of her choice without the intervention of the
government 'for her own good.' "
- The File Room
interactive archive of censorship cases, provided by the National Coalition
Against Censorship as "a major up-to-the-minute information resource on
worldwide attempts to suppress expression."
- First Amendment
"Nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing
free speech, more open and accountable government, and public participation in
civic affairs." The coalition "acts locally, statewide and nationally."
(Formerly California First Amendment Coalition.)
- First Amendment Cyber-Tribune
one of the pioneer First Amendment sites in the nation. A "resource for anyone
wanting to learn about the First Amendment," providing "information on all the
liberties guaranteed by the amendment."
- First Amendment Law
Student-edited legal journal at the University of North Carolina
School of Law that publishes scholarly work and promotes discussion of First
- First Amendment
"Nonprofit, public-interest law firm and advocacy organization
dedicated to protecting and promoting freedom of information, expression, and
petition." Provides advice, educational materials, and legal representation to
activists, journalists and artists.
- Five Freedoms Project
national program that encourages schoolteachers and administrators to address
the five freedoms of the First Amendment. It focuses on “two of America’s
greatest challenges — improving the performance of our public schools, and
strengthening the quality of our civic discourse.”
- Florida First Amendment
Nonprofit organization founded by the Florida Press
Association, the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and the Florida
Association of Broadcasters "to ensure that public commitment and progress in
the areas of free speech, free press, and open government do not become checked
and diluted during Florida’s changing times."
filing FOIA requests, appeals.
- Foundation for Individual Rights in
Seeks to "defend and sustain individual rights,"
including speech and religious liberty, at American colleges and
- Freedom Channel
from presidential and congressional candidates on a range of issues in the form
of 90-second videos.
- Freedom to Read Foundation
and defends right to read; fosters libraries as institutions wherein every
individual's First Amendment freedoms are fulfilled; supports right of libraries
to include in their collections and make available any work that they may
- Free Expression Network
Guide to free speech and the First Amendment, including
- Free Expression Policy
FEPP, a think tank on artistic and intellectual freedom, produces
reports, commentaries, fact sheets and friend-of-the-court briefs, and seeks
solutions to the concerns that drive censorship campaigns. Web site features
report, "Media Literacy: An Alternative to Censorship."
- Georgia First Amendment
"Advances the cause of open government and freedom of
information through education and advocacy."
- Illinois First
Mission is "to promote First Amendment rights and responsibilities through education designed to raise awareness of the need to understand, preserve and protect the First Amendment."
- Index on
London-based journal that publishes articles on
free-expression issues and that logs free-expression abuses worldwide.
- Intellectual Freedom
Provides a forum for discussion of activities, programs and
problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a
channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater
opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of
intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the
implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom.
- International Freedom of Expression eXchange
Global network of free-expression organizations; site offers "one
of the most comprehensive online archives on free-expression violations."
- Internet Freedom
Anti-censorship links: "Defending the rights of Net users;
breaking tomorrow's stories today." Sponsors the Internet Freedom Journalism
- James Madison Center for Free
Mission: "to support litigation and public education activities in
order to defend the rights of political expression and association by citizens
and citizen groups as guaranteed by the First Amendment."
Fosters First Amendment and
civic awareness in public and private high schools by focusing on the
development of high school journalism.
Provides information on libel, slander and other First Amendment-related issues.
Nonprofit group at Washington College of Law promoting
constitutional literacy among young people. Hosts high school-level National
Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.
- Media Coalition
First Amendment right to produce and sell books, magazines, recordings,
videotapes and video games; and defends the American public's First Amendment
right to have access to the broadest possible range of opinion and
- Media Institute
research foundation specializing in communications policy and the First
- Media Law
Formerly the Libel Defense Resource Center. Nonprofit
information clearinghouse originally organized by a number of news media
organizations to monitor developments and promote First Amendment rights in the
libel, privacy and related legal fields.
- National Coalition Against
NCAC is an alliance of 48 national nonprofit organizations,
including religious, professional, artistic, labor and civil rights groups,
committed to defending freedom of thought, inquiry and expression.
- National Freedom of Information
Group of state First Amendment and FOI organizations.
for less secrecy and more democracy." Produces a Secrecy Report Card.
"Youth alliance against
- PEN American Center
association of 2,600 literary writers defends free speech for writers in the
United States and around the world.
- PEN USA
Free-speech page: "Because
freedom to write is fundamental."
- Pennsylvania Center for the
Founded in 1992 at Penn State. Provides educational
programs, sponsors speakers, publishes books and articles and serves as a media
resource on a range of First Amendment issues.
- People for the American Way
and mobilizes Americans to fight for fairness, justice, civil rights and the
freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution."
Post-Gazette First Amendment site
Developed through a Pew Center for
Civic Journalism grant, the site is a resource for community members,
Howard First Amendment Center
At University of Kentucky. Mission: "to
promote understanding of the First Amendment among citizens of Kentucky, to
advocate for First Amendment rights in the Commonwealth and nationally, and to
produce internationally recognized scholarship concerning the First Amendment
and its related freedoms."
- Sunshine in Government
'Coalition of media groups committed to promoting policies
that ensure the government is accessible, accountable and open.'
- Sunshine Week
Site devoted to
helping "newspapers, magazines, broadcasters, Web sites and others continue a
dialogue about the importance of open government to the public" — not just
during Sunshine Week, in March each year, but all year.
- Teach the First
Published by the Knight Foundation, this is a helpful resource
for those seeking to inform others about the basics of the First Amendment.
- Tennessee Coalition for Open
"To preserve and improve access to public information."
- Thomas Jefferson Center for the
Protection of Freedom of Expression
"Devoted solely to the defense of
free expression in all its forms."
- Tully Center for Free Speech
education, resources and research, the Tully Center for Free Speech at the S.I.
Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University aims to educate
university students and the public about the value of free speech and about
- U.S. Politics
Discussion forums on political issues, current events.
A Wiki launched in
March 2007 that seeks "to build a comprehensive and collaborative How To Guide
to provide very practical information about open records requests at the state
and local level."
- YALSA — Young Adult Library
Affiliated with the American Library Association,
YALSA seeks to "advocate, promote and strengthen service to young adults as part
of the continuum of total library service, and to support those who provide
service to this population."
- American Center for Law &
"An international public interest law firm that focuses on
pro-family, pro-life, and pro-liberty issues."
- Americans United for Separation of Church and
Watchdog group that works "to protect the constitutional principle
of church-state separation, a vital cornerstone of religious liberty."
- Becket Fund for Religious
"A bipartisan and ecumenical, public-interest law firm that
protects the free expression of all religious traditions."
- Bible Literacy
Nonpartisan, nonprofit effort "to encourage and facilitate the
academic study of the Bible in public schools."
- Christian Coalition
"Largest and most
active conservative grassroots political organization in America ... offers
people of faith the vehicle to be actively involved in shaping their
- Christian Legal
Non-denominational national network of attorneys, judges, law
students, professors and lay people, with local attorney chapters and
law-student chapters, that "helps lawyers to integrate their faith in Christ
with their professional responsibilities."
- Council for America's First
Mission: "to increase understanding and respect for religious
freedom in diverse communities worldwide, through education about this core
human value: the freedom of thought, conscience and belief."
Nonpartisan group with a mission to "promote democratic values,
defend religious liberty, challenge hatred and religious bigotry, and
reinvigorate informed civic participation."
- Liberty Counsel
"A nonprofit religious
civil liberties education and legal defense organization dedicated to preserve
- Military Religious Freedom
"Dedicated to ensuring that all members of the United States
Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to
which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause
of the First Amendment."
- Pew Forum on Religion & Public
"Seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the
intersection of religion and public affairs."
forum for religious discussion and debate.
- Religious Freedom with
Provides overview of issues involving federal wildlife laws that
interfere with religious liberties of those who use eagle feathers in
ceremonies, and efforts to change those laws.
- Rutherford Institute
international legal and educational organization dedicated to preserving human
rights and defending civil liberties."
- Thomas More Law Center
not-for-profit public interest law firm whose purpose is to provide legal
representation without charge to defend and protect Christians and their
religious beliefs. The center often handles cases regarding religious freedom,
family values and the sanctity of life.
- "The Working Group
on Human Needs and Faith-Based and Community Initiatives"
Search for Common Ground USA. Has released a new report, "Finding Common
Ground." (Note: The First Amendment Center's program and report are also called
Finding Common Ground.)
Law, legal research, civic sites
provides information on issues pertaining to constitutional law.
"created by a team of liberals, moderates, conservatives" offering "a clear,
unbiased window onto the policies and votes being debated" in Washington, D.C.
Provides "fact-based issue guides and up-to-date information on major bills
being voted on in Congress" to foster open dialogue through accurate
- Citizen Media Law
Provides "legal assistance, education, and resources for
individuals and organizations involved in online and citizen media." Also offers
research on free speech, newsgathering, intellectual property and other
directory for most states, plus lawyers by specialty, other resources and
Comprehensive archive of
court cases, legal codes, statutes and other legal resources.
- First Amendment Lawyers
Illinois-based association of more than 180 First Amendment
lawyers from all over the United States.
government's official Web portal."
- JURIST: The Legal Education
Directed by Bernard J. Hibbitts, University of Pittsburgh School
of Law professor, in consultation with an international advisory board.
"Find attorneys, lawyers
and law firms with our attorney search." Also offers other legal resources.
Offers information on state and federal laws, as well as social-justice issues.
- Lexis Web
Legal help available
from a major legal-research site.
- Martindale-Hubbell Legal Network
Provides court reporting.
lawyers' directory resources and information Web sites.
Provided by GPO Access, a service of the U.S. Government
Journalism-related organizations, publications
- Accrediting Council on Education in
Journalism and Mass Communications
- Association for Education in Journalism and
- American Journalism Review
"News and columns
from American Journalism Review magazine and other online features."
- American Press
Offers newsroom training and other journalism professional
development programs, including First Amendment seminars with the First
- American Society of News Editors
information on ASNE events, newspaper projects, issues and ideas.
- Association for Education in Journalism and
- Associated Press Managing
Association of U.S. and Canadian editors whose newspapers are
members of the Associated Press; offers APME projects, conference
- The dartboard: Religion,
media people and issues John Dart's Religion Newswriters Association blog;
discussions on news coverage of religion led by religion news writer and former
First Amendment Center scholar John Dart.
- Dart Center for Journalism &
"Organization formed to help news people who experience trauma."
Hosted by University of Washington School of Communications.
- Editor & Publisher
Web site of Editor & Publisher, a major periodical
Foundation for American
Communications, a nonprofit organization providing education on specialized
topics for professional journalists.
- International Women’s Media
Offers "a connection to international journalists, the latest
news about women journalists and practical online training resources,"
including: free, interactive, online training modules to enhance journalism
skills; searchable international network of journalists; reports; news about
female journalists, and other resources.
- Investigative Reporters and
Provides educational services to reporters, editors and others
interested in investigative journalism.
- Journalism Education Association
students, advisers and administrators know more about scholastic (high school)
press law and ethics. Includes section where groups can exchange ideas and post
material censored by their schools. JEA
Press Rights affiliate site offers latest information about student press
resources and ideas to improve journalism." Web site of the Project for
Excellence in Journalism, a program of the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Web site created by the Society of Professional Journalists for the Council of
National Journalism Organizations. Offers a searchable database of
professional-development opportunities (seminars, conferences, workshops) for
- Journalist's Toolbox
free site from the Society of Professional Journalists that "contains thousands
of links helpful for reporters, editors, educators or anyone else doing
- Knight Foundation
foundation with local roots, the Knight Foundation seeks opportunities that can
transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest
potential. Knight has invested in 26 communities across the United States
through its Community Partners Program; it also has gained recognition for its
Journalism Initiatives and National Venture Fund.
one-stop site for media,” developed and managed by the Media Management Center
at Northwestern University.
- National Conference of Editorial
Site is "a service to members of the National Conference of
Editorial Writers and to nonmember writers and editors of opinion material for
the print and broadcast media. Some sections are open only to NCEW members."
- National Federation of Press
"Fostering professional development and protection of the First
Amendment for more than 60 years."
- National Press
"Issue-oriented professional development for the working
journalist," featuring information about conferences and briefings.
Links to newspapers,
broadcasters and magazines.
- Online media
Directory of media:
newspapers, magazines, radio, blogs and television.
- Online News
Promoting editorial integrity, independence, excellence and
freedom of access for online journalists.
- Organization of News
Nonprofit corporation with an international membership that
organizes annual conferences for discussion of news practices and a wide range
of issues connected with ombudsman work.
- Poynter Online
The Poynter Institute —
"Everything you need to be a better journalist."
- Radio-Television News Directors
"World's largest professional organization devoted
exclusively to electronic journalism." RTNDA represents local and network news
executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media.
- Reporters Committee for Freedom of the
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal help to
journalists and news organizations since 1970.
- Right to Know Coalition of Nova
Canadian nonprofit that "encourages the use and development of
freedom-of-information legislation to foster a better informed" Nova Scotia.
- Society for Collegiate
Membership service organization encouraging establishment of
collegiate news bureaus, college publications, new communications media, and
collegiate radio and TV stations.
- Society for News Design
nonprofit professional organization with more than 2,500 members, including
editors, designers, graphic artists, publishers, illustrators, art directors,
photographers, advertising artists, Web site designers, students and faculty.
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in journalism and design.
- Society of Professional
"Dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the
cornerstone of our nation and our liberty."
- Student Press Law Center
organization dedicated to providing legal help and information to the student
media and journalism educators.
- Television News
Public nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that trains TV
- Today's Word on
Daily quotes and squibs on the press, First Amendment, mass
media, writing, and more.
"Young news for young
people — Ytribune.com offers news for young people about the world and our
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