#24: the 1st Amendment includes the right to receive information

February 28, 2017

“Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said restricting access to social media would mean “being cut off from a very large part of the marketplace of ideas. And the First Amendment includes not only the right to speak, but the right to receive information” (according to the National Law Journal).

@RuthBGinsburg, January 20, 2017

@RuthBGinsburg, January 20, 2017: “Today certainly called for my dissent jabot…”

“It is a crucially important channel of political communication,” Justice Elena Kagan said, noting that in addition to President Donald Trump, all 50 governors and all 100 U.S. senators and all members of the U.S. House of Representatives have Twitter feeds. “It is imbedded in our culture as ways to communicate and ways to exercise our constitutional rights.”

“Justice Anthony Kennedy drew an analogy between social media and the public square, where free speech rights are well-recognized. Social media, he said, are “greater than the communication you could have ever had, even in the paradigm of a public square.”

“Stanford Law School lecturer David Goldberg, who represented defendant Lester Packingham Jr., set the stage by asserting that “the law does not operate in some sleepy First Amendment quarter. It operates and forbids speech on the very platforms on which Americans today are most likely to communicate, to organize for social change, and to petition their government.”

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One Response to “#24: the 1st Amendment includes the right to receive information”

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