American flags line the street on Stone Avenue on Tuesday June 13, 2017. 

Is the First Amendment under attack when it comes to a free press?

A free discussion at The Loft Cinema, 233 E. Speedway, will provide an open dialogue about the state of the free press.

On Monday, Arizona Daily Star reporters Joe Ferguson and Caitlin Schmidt will join several other panelists to discuss the issue and answer audience questions. The event’s emcee is David Fitzsimmons, editorial cartoonist for the Star.

Doors open at 5:30 and the event starts at 6 p.m. with a presentation about the history and importance of the First Amendment by Jane Bambauer, a professor of law at the University of Arizona

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Panelists will further explore the “controversy surrounding the press, bias and the interaction between the media and public officials,” according to the event’s promotional materials.

The event is hosted by Indivisible Southern Arizona and Tucson Jews for Justice.

Contact Star reporter Shaq Davis at 573-4218 or sdavis@tucson.com On Twitter: @ShaqDavis1

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Shaq is a public safety reporter and the Road Runner columnist, keeping readers up to date on transportation news. In 2017, he started as an apprentice and later worked part-time until graduating from the UA and being offered a full-time position in 2018.