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.
Our Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and of the press in the first article because a well-informed populace is essential to maintaining our liberty. The First Amendment right and duty doesn’t only apply when publishers, editors, and writers want to sell ads next to the Pentagon Papers.
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…suspecting that my Brother would object to printing any Thing of mine in his Paper if he knew it to be mine, I contriv’d to disguise my Hand, and writing an anonymous Paper I put it in at Night under the Door of the Printing-House. It was found in the Morning and communicated to his Writing Friends when they call’d in as usual.
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography