From Town Criers to Bloggers: How Will Journalism Survive the Internet Age?
Amendment 1 to the Constitution of the United States says: "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . ." It was ratified in 1791, 219 years ago and has served us well. The free expression of ideas is central to our survival as a country and our country was built on free and open discourse. This ideal must be protected and preserved at all costs. In other nations, where that right is curtailed or amended, freedom and economic development suffers. Tyrannies thrive where freedom of speech is curtailed. I urge this body to reject any and all efforts to censor, limit, or restrain free speech – on radio, television, print, internet or anywhere else, for any reason, including "fairness," localism," "diversity," or any other misguided sense of so-called public interest. Thank you.