Decision 2012: Historical Connections
The First Amendment's protection of freedom of the press has shaped the relationship between presidential candidates and the press in the United States. How might the history of the news media and elections have been different without this freedom? For some ideas, visit the Newseum's online map depicting the state of press freedom around the world. Pick three countries, one of each color: red, yellow and green. Read about how varying levels of press freedom shape politics and the people's relationship with the government in each nation. Then discuss how the timeline above might be different if there were no freedom of the press in the United States.
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