UNC will celebrate its third annual First Amendment Day on Tuesday, Sept. 27, but its importance extends outside the campus.
Local media leaders said the constitution’s grant of press freedom is important to their everyday lives and work — and it is important for residents who hope to stay free and informed in Chapel Hill to remember their rights.
“It’s one of the most important freedoms we have here in the U.S., and I think it’s important that we remind ourselves of that,” said Susan Dickson, editor of the Carrboro Citizen.
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Mark Schultz, editor-in-chief of Chapel Hill News, said the day stands to remind the public about their right to information.
“The media is just an extension of the public,” he said. “It’s just not important to the press. It’s important to all people.”
He said remembering the rights the First Amendment grants the media and the public is important.
“It’s always a good idea to test press laws and to remind ourselves what is public and what readers and the public have a right to say,” Shultz said.