Our First Amendment freedoms are an essential part of our democracy and the National Association of Broadcasters wants to celebrate that.
The NAB announced the launch of a campaign celebrating the First Amendment and its guarantee of free speech and the press. The campaign — which is being hosted at WeAreBroadcasters.com — provides a toolkit with on-air and digital resources to help media professionals, policymakers and the public celebrate the First Amendment.
“America’s founders, in their infinite wisdom, understood that our country could not long survive without a free press that could report the facts and deliver their opinions without fear or favor,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith in a statement. “NAB celebrates this enduring principle that has kept our communities informed and engaged since our nation’s early days, and we honor the ongoing work of the press in preserving our democracy.”
The campaign coincides with the 231st anniversary of congressional passage of 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution that were sent to the states for ratification. Ten of these amendments were eventually adopted as the Bill of Rights — the First Amendment provided the freedom of religion, speech, the press and the right of assembly.
The NAB created a series of radio and TV spots for broadcasters available in English and Spanish. The resources include an interactive timeline of key First Amendment moments in history, shareable video and social media posts, on-air talking points, and a listing of association, organizations and partners that defend and support the First Amendment.