FEPP Fact Sheets give thumbnail facts about controversial free-expression
issues. They are carefully researched and annotated so that readers can
check the underlying sources. They are regularly updated.
Dissent and Censorship
In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11,
2001, and of U.S. government efforts to combat terrorism by often secretive
or constitutionally dubious means, questions have arisen about the scope
of First Amendment protection for political dissent. This Fact Sheet outlines
the history and constitutional status of political protest, and the free-speech
implications of government surveillance and secrecy today.
The companies that own the mass media have a powerful
influence over our culture, our political system, and the ideas that inform
public discourse. This set of interlocking fact sheets gives background
on broadcast and cable conglomerates, Internet access and WiFi, the First
Amendment and media regulation, and the movement for media reform.
Where did the exception to the First Amendment for "obscenity"
originate? What other ways have government officials found to control
erotic speech? And why do some of them continue to do so, in the face
of ever more sexual explicitness all around us? FEPP's newest fact sheet
summarizes the history and current status of restrictions on sexual expression
What are the actual effects of "media violence"
on human behavior? Despite the claims of some psychologists and politicians,
the research results have been weak and ambiguous, with most experiments
failing to support the hypothesis that viewing media violence leads to
Despite well-documented problems of overblocking, Internet
filters are now widely used in schools and libraries. FEPP's fact sheet
summarizes the most salient facts about filters.