What is Freedom of the Press? - Definition, History & Examples


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The freedom of the press is rooted in which of the following amendments?

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1. The First Amendment states which of the following?

2. One example where the freedom of the press has been tested involves which of the following?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Freedom of the press was established by the courts in America before the Constitution was ratified. How much you know about this important American right can be tested using this assessment, which covers the history of freedom of the press as well as cases and laws that developed in the furtherance of this right.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on key historical facts about freedom of the press:

  • The amendment that guarantees freedom of the press
  • The relevant language contained in the amendment
  • The controversial media demographic that has been protected by freedom of the press
  • Two legislative acts that were passed to regulate speech
  • The 1971 legal case that established significant press rights pertaining to classified government documents

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Espionage Act and Sedition Act
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the language contained in the First Amendment that guarantees freedom of the press
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast legal cases from the lesson, such as the John Peter Zenger case and New York Times vs. United States
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about freedom of the press protections for shock jocks and paparazzi in a different light

Additional Learning

To gain a greater understanding of this subject, review the accompanying lesson about the history of the freedom of the press. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the amendment that guarantees freedom of the press and know the verbiage
  • Know who John Peter Zenger was and describe the case involving him
  • Understand the Espionage Act and Sedition Act and explain why these acts violated freedom of the press
  • Know the legal case that protected press rights to publish classified government documents
  • Understand how freedom of the press protects shock jocks and paparazzi