First Amendment Anniversary Finds Press in Sea Change

Commentary Inside the First Amendment By Gene Policinski First Amendment Center vice president/executive director

As the First Amendment marks its 217th anniversary on Dec. 15, here’s a quick look at where our basic freedoms stand — starting with a free press:

As 2008 ends, most newspapers are shrinking dramatically in size, staffing, circulation. At least a few sizable cities — including, at one point, Portland, Maine — have faced the possibility of having no local daily newspaper at all. Analysts predict . . .

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