Georgia

Your Government: Free Speech and Press

Know Your Rights

  • Freedom of Speech

    This document discusses basic free speech rights under the US Constution and the Georgia Constitution, answering the following questions: What does the First Amendment say? What is speech? What are the two principles that justify placing limits on free speech? Do all kinds of speech have the same protection? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
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    Spanish / Español
  • Protestor Abuse or Freedom of Speech Violation Form

    Use this web site to report violations of your freedom of speech or incidents of protestor abuse. All reports are confidential. Report only "first-party" events -- happenings which you, personally, have participated in or have witnessed. Submission of this form does not guarantee that you will be contacted by the ACLU of GA. It is possible that you may receive a request to use the information you have provided for one or more of the following purposes: (1) legislative testimony; (2) litigation; or (3) telling your story to the media. Content Detail

    By:
    American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia
  • Freedom of the Press

    This document discusses basic free press rights under the US Constution and answers the following questions: What is freedom of the press? What does the right to access mean? Do reporters always have to reveal their sources to the government? What is a "gag order"? Can judges require the press to stop publicizing a case before it goes underway? How does prior restraint affect school newspapers? The document is excerpted from An Introduction to Law in Georgia, Fourth Edition, published by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, 1998 (updated 2004). Read More

    By:
    Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Chilling Effects Clearinghouse - monitoring the legal climate for Internet activity

    Do you know your online rights? Have you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web site or to stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about liability for information that someone else posted to your online forum? If so, this web site is for you. Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. We are excited about the new opportunities the Internet offers individuals to express their views, parody politicians, celebrate their favorite movie stars, or criticize businesses. But we've noticed that not everyone feels the same way. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some individuals and corporations are using intellectual property and other laws to silence other online users. Chilling Effects encourages respect for intellectual property law, while frowning on its misuse to "chill" legitimate activity. Content Detail

    By:
    Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, and University of Maine law school clinics