First Amendment Overview

From its inception in 1919, a principal element of MPA's mission has been "to defend the freedom to write and publish under the First Amendment.”  Magazine publishers provide exceptional content that meets the highest journalistic standards. Toward this end, MPA closely monitors developments in all areas of media law – in the courts and in federal and state legislatures – and participates in litigation and other advocacy efforts to defend the rights of its members and their advertisers. Additionally, MPA works closely with social media platforms to ensure journalistic protections for our members.

Why it Matters to MPA and Our Members: 

  • Magazine media brands are long-standing, recognizable and trusted by consumers and advertisers.  They communicate with authority using professionally researched, written, edited and produced curated content that is delivered in safe environments, whether on paper or on digital platforms.
  • First Amendment editorial and commercial freedom is a key pillar of the magazine media industry that strengthens the relationship between publisher and subscriber and connects readers to the publications they trust and value most. The industry has, and will continue to play, a prominent role defending and promoting the nation’s right to freedom of speech and a free press.

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MPA DC Staff Contacts: 
Jim Cregan: jcregan@magazine.org
Mary Holland: mholland@magazine.org