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No, You Really Do Have the Right to Remain Silent!

A survey of U.S. adults finds that 40 percent think the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution goes too far in the rights it guarantees. The First Amendment, the cornerstone of the American Bill of Rights, guarantees freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition the government for the redress of grievances. But 70 percent now say the government should “hold the media in check,” the survey found, even though “historically, the press has been viewed as a watchdog,” says Ken Paulson, executive director of the First Amendment Center. (RC/AP) ...If you want to hear some pro-rights talk, just tell them they just gave up their right to free speech.
Original Publication Date: 08 July 2001
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 8.

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