From our country’s beginning, the right of the press to challenge the government, root out corruption and speak freely without fear of recrimination has been central to our democracy.
Through accurate newsgathering and reporting journalists risk their lives to keep the public informed and shine light on the many challenges our nation faces today.
In celebration of the First Amendment, join us as we highlight the important work of local radio and TV stations, broadcast network partners and community and national newspapers to provide the most-trusted news to our communities.
First Amendment advocate and NAB President Gordon H. Smith shares his views on the importance of freedom of the press:
First Amendment Shines Through During Toughest of Times
(Sept. 25, 2020)
Founding Fathers Got It Right on Press Freedom
(October 8, 2018)
Copy and use the posts below on social media to show your support for the freedom of speech and the press.
Use the Facebook #FirstAmendment frame to celebrate the passage of the First Amendment on Sept. 25 and beyond. To find this frame, select your profile photo in Facebook, select "Upate Profile Picture," and select the "Add Frame" option and search for #FirstAmendment to add this frame to your profile photo.
Of the people, for the people. Share videos on your website or social media developed NAB. Click here to download an MP4 version to post on your social channels, or directly share the video from YouTube.
Walk with us through history as we showcase how journalists have exercised their First Amendment rights, most notably freedom of the press, to provide the most trusted news impacting our lives.
Embed This Interactive Timeline on Your Website or Blog
To use this timeline on your own website or blog, please click here to download the embed code and paste it on your site where you would like the timeline to appear. This timeline may be updated with additional key moments, but they will automatically show up in your embedded version.
NAB is pleased to provide radio and TV spots for broadcasters available in English and Spanish. Click here to preview and download the spots for airing on your station.
Click here to download First Amendment talking points for on-air editorials.
Get ready for Free Speech Week, which is scheduled to occur Oct. 19-25. Click here to learn more and get involved.