Friday, March 13, 2015

Why the First Amendment is important

The First Amendment states " 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."

I think that the First Amendment is important for everyone, don't get me wrong, but I think that it is especially important for Journalists. I believe this because Journalists are people who are constantly putting their work out there for everyone to see, and they need to make sure that they abide by this law. Journalists have to always remain aware of all legal limitations, even with freedom of speech. Picture that you're out on a shoot, and you have been patiently waiting for a perfect picture, you finally capture it! But something is in the way, right in the middle of the photo that you waited so long for. The temptation is real to edit it right out of the picture, but what about ethics? It is not right to make a picture perfect, if it was not perfect when you captured it. That's the beauty of photography, it is about capturing real life moments.

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