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Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Obscenity/Pornography,Supreme Court/courts

Discusses the exceptions carved out by the Supreme Court to the prohibition against making any law that abridges freedom of speech or press. Examples include advocacy of violence, obscenity, child pornography, defamation, and restrictions imposed on commercial, broadcast and public employee speech. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists