Ms. Gokturk



Freedom of Speech?


Please answer the following questions on a separate piece of paper (typed or handwritten).


  1. What does freedom of speech mean to you?
  2.  Use google to find the definition of the first amendment. What is the significant part of this amendment for journalists?
  3. [Go to and read the article on the Hazelwood court decision to answer the following questions.]  Briefly summarize what the students were arguing.
  4. What was the court’s decision?
  5. According to the article, what is the most significant aspect of the decision? Why?
  6. Do you think it is right that students have different rights than adults? Explain your response.
  7. Why is the Hazelwood decision a “devastating blow” to high school journalism?
  8. What high school publications are affected? Explain the criteria.
  9. Were school officials given limitless power over school publications? Explain.
  10. What can student journalists do for help?
  11. Lastly, what is your position on censorship? Is censorship ever justified? Why or why not? Please write at least a thorough paragraph detailing your position.