the first amendment

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

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Textbook: Major Principles of Media Law

This is the 21st edition of Major Principles of Media Law, the 19th published on an annual revision cycle—and the first under a new author. Dr. Wayne Overbeck, the author for the past 20 years, has entrusted me with updating this text. I welcome the challenge, and I hope that this first year meets with readers’ approval. This edition includes new developments through the end of the Supreme Court’s 2008-2009 term and will be in print in time for fall 2009 classes; it sports a new layout, more pictures (all either public domain, U.S. Government work, out of copyright, or licensed by their owners under the Creative Commons attribution license), and new elements like “Focus On” sidebars and recommendations about what students should learn about their state law.