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Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

Categories: Democracy/Peace,Obscenity/Pornography,Supreme Court/courts

Provides an overview of the major exceptions to the First Amendment and how the Supreme Court has interpreted the guarantee of freedom of speech and press to provide no or only limited protection for some types of expression, such as obscenity, child pornography, and speech that advocates violence or violation of law. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists.