This site is part of the Free Press at 250 Project. Free Press at 250 aims to educate high school and college students about the values of free press. Free press serves as an independent check on government abuse of power, facilitates democratic decision-making by providing an independent source of information, promotes tolerance for various viewpoints, enables the search for truth in the marketplace of ideas and serves as a counter-majoritarian guarantee that minority views can be expressed even if unpopular.
The content will be tailored to high school and college students, who are the future government officials, journalists, lawyers and judges that will play key roles in free-press disputes. It is critical that American citizens understand the importance of protecting a free and independent press, particularly in light of the current political climate and the current U.S. government administration’s damaging attacks on the concept and practice of independent news media.
Prof. Edward L. Carter, a journalist-turned-lawyer who has taught communications law to college students for 16 years and has represented news media organizations in a variety of legal matters.