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The New York Times v. Sullivan The 1st amendment gives us the freedom of speech, religion, petition and assembly. It also gives us the freedom of the press. The Press is granted the right to publish news, information and opinions without government getting involved. In this case, this right is questioned. New York Times V. Sullivan is an important landmark case because it protects the press from libel action for making false statements about public officials, unless, they were made with actual malice. The origin of this case started with an advertisement in The New York Times named Heed Their Rising Voices. Before the ad was published, Martin Luther King was arrested for perjury charges relating to two fraudulent tax returns in 1956 and 1958. As a result, a committee was founded to help raise money for King`s legal defense. During March of 1960, the Committee to Defend Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Freedom in the South published a full page ad in the New York Times to gain donations for both King`s defense and other things related to Civil Rights Movement such as suppor...

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