"A First Amendment in the Digital Age"

October 04, 2016

Knight First Amendment Institute Director Jameel Jaffer delivered the inaugural Peter Zenger lecture at Columbia Journalism School this fall. The lecture is named for a newspaper publisher who was tried for libel in the 1730s for printing articles criticizing New York’s royal governor. Many historians consider Zenger's acquittal to have been a milestone in the development of American press freedom.

But the seminal decisions relating to the freedoms of speech and the press were written years ago — before the digital age. In his lecture, Jaffer offers thoughts about modern threats to the First Amendment, including government surveillance and secrecy.