Why a Free Press Important to Democracy

Freedom of expression is important for democracy, because it enables the public to participate in making decisions based on the free flow of information and ideas. Without it, people would be unable to make informed decisions.

In the United States, Freedom of Expression is protected by the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights.

This collection include lesson plans and activities.

The following are outstanding resources as well:

Interactive Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of First Amendment Law! http://www.splc.org/page/first-amendment-quiz

Importance of a Free Press Lesson Plan by Facing History.org: https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/facing-ferguson-news-literacy-digital-age/importance-free-press

iCivics offers an incredible lesson on the Role of Media: https://www.icivics.org/teachers/lesson-plans/role-media

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Series of resources that will supplement your unit on the First Amendment.
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Lesson plan from Bill of Rights Institute about the importance of a free press in a democratic society.
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First Amendment freedoms like press, assembly, and petition are essential to self-government. The Founders saw these freedoms as a bulwark of free, republican government and a means of assuring justice in government.
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