A Magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists

July 23rd, 2002 • Quill Archives
Keeping speech free in troubled times

The First Amendment is quite definite: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” Twice, however, in 1798 and 1918, Congress made laws that did just that, and while the 1798 laws were soon repealed or allowed to expire, the latter led to court decisions that still protect our right to speak freely.