Let there be Freedom

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

-The First Amendment

Source: https://www.constituteproject.org/constitution/United_States_of_America_1992

 

First Amendment and The Laws and Ethics

The First Amendment is a strong document that originated from 1791. It helps our rights as human beings and gives us the rights to free speech and religion. As a photojournalist, it is important that we have freedom of speech and give an honest feel as to what we can report. We the people, are allowed to have our lives be at peace with basic human rights. The laws are set so they are not able to use your opinion against you. A life without the First Amendment will never help anyone progress far. The First Amendment is what our country is made from. We should always fight for our rights to freedom of speech and keep our people having a loud voice.

Why is freedom of speech important? Freedom of speech is very important because in todays world it is at a HIGH risk for Press Freedom. Considering the current United States President wants to make sure his followers think that the media is fake news. Not only that he is trying to prevent everyone from listening to the media. He even has a few people convinced that fake news is true. That is when the laws and ethics kick in from things such as manipulating the news and pandering false information. An example of that, would be Fox News, how in one of their news clips they insulted “liberals” and were stereotyping the younger people who lived there. The sources there even showed the statistics and the proven facts on how wrong Fox News was about giving their information. Then there is laws like the First Amendment that protects these reports from happening (most of the time) .  Source: Addicting Info

Another reason why the First Amendment is important is because of photography laws. A lot of people do not actually know how much freedom photo journalist does have when it comes to it. For example, from WXYZ Detroit News, a photographer was arrested for filming a on going crime scene. However, the photojournalist did not break any laws. She followed procedure and went along with the laws. However, a Detroit police officer was out of his legal bounds and arrested her without reviewing the first amendment laws. That woman was then released eight hours later from the issue. This even proves that not even the law enforcement is above the law. It saves people from being put in jail, for something that is not illegal.

The main reason why the First Amendment is so important to us because it protects the rights of the people. Shockingly, there are so many of the code of ethics that are violated and just go on not even acknowledged. However, we still try to keep the freedom of speech alive no matter how hard they try to take it away. It will always remain a huge part of our lives so that journalism can remain protected and even outside of journalism. In everyday lives we express freedom of speech everywhere we go and it’s a matter of following by them and fighting for that right to keep it alive.

 

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