State of the First Amendment 2012 Report
The First Amendment Center has released its 2012 State of the First Amendment report. Here are what the report identifies as its key findings.
Among others, here are a few notables:
• The majority of Americans, 57%, continue to believe that public schools should not have the authority to discipline students who use their own computers at home to post material that administrators label as offensive. Thirty-four percent of Americans think that school officials should have this power.
In responses to new questions added to this year’s survey, the Center found:
•The majority of respondents, 59%, do not believe the government should be allowed to take control of the Internet and limit access to social media and Web outlets such as AOL and Yahoo in the event of a national emergency. Americans feel very strongly about this, with fully 44% “strongly” disagreeing that government should have this power and another 15% “mildly” disagreeing.
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