Frank LoMonte talks first amendment rights

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On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Frank LoMonte, the director of the Student Press Law Center (splc.org), discussed talked about law in the digital age in regard to the First Amendment.

“Willingness to challenge authority is incredibly important,” LoMonte said to more than 150 students who filled the room.

He emphasized the importance of wanting to turn a “no” into a “yes” when it comes to getting answers.

LoMonte mentioned an interesting fact about the Federal government and First Amendment. The two do not fully protect publishing high school newspapers, but violent video games, lying about a war medal, dog fighting, and picketing with anti-gay posters are all protected.

LoMonte mentioned some First Amendment predicaments related to social media. Specifically, Ohio is not one of the 11 states with college social media privacy laws, however one has been proposed.

“Our legal system needs to catch up with reality,” he said.

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