Freedom of Speech Policy

“Congress shall make no law . . .  abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.” – First Amendment, U. S. Constitution, 1791.

The Chicago Times supports the right to freedom of speech enshrined in the U. S. Constitution and embraces the American cultural norm of protecting freedom of speech beyond government.  We feel it is the duty of all corporations, organizations, and citizens to discourage efforts to abridge our fellow Americans’ right to free speech and thought.

The Chicago Times staff ethos on free speech and thought is influence by Voltaire’s belief in which even when Americans disagree on speech and thought we should be obligated to defend to the death each other’s right to freely express our words and thoughts.

I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. – Voltaire