Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

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The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Congress
shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. . . .” This
language restricts government both more and less than it would if it were applied
literally. It restricts government more in that it applies not only to Congress, but to
all branches of the federal government, and to all branches of state and local
government. It restricts government less in that it provides no protection to some
types of speech and only limited protection to others.
This report provides an overview of the major exceptions to the First
Amendment — of the ways that the Supreme Court has interpreted the guarantee of
freedom of speech and press to provide no protection or only limited protection for
some types of speech.

Creator(s): Cohen, Henry
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: November 20, 2002
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: November 20, 2002
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Description:

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Congress
shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. . . .” This
language restricts government both more and less than it would if it were applied
literally. It restricts government more in that it applies not only to Congress, but to
all branches of the federal government, and to all branches of state and local
government. It restricts government less in that it provides no protection to some
types of speech and only limited protection to others.
This report provides an overview of the major exceptions to the First
Amendment — of the ways that the Supreme Court has interpreted the guarantee of
freedom of speech and press to provide no protection or only limited protection for
some types of speech.

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35 Pages.

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