First Five: Kim Davis released from jail, the evolution of constitutional principles, and journalism’s risk awareness

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Kim Davis Freed From Jail in Kentucky Gay Marriage Dispute

Alan Blindner, The New York Times
The judge who sent the Kentucky county clerk to jail last week said he would release her because he was satisfied that her office was “fulfilling its obligation to issue marriage licenses to all legally eligible couples.”

Kim Davis and the Freedom of Religion

Geoffrey R. Stone, Huffington Post
A public official, who acts as an agent of the government, simply cannot place her own religious beliefs above those of the constitutional obligations of the state and the constitutional rights of our citizens. Davis should have found a way to reconcile her personal religious beliefs with her official responsibilities, or she should have resigned.

A year after James Foley and Steven Sotloff murders, more awareness of risks

Robert Mahoney, Committee to Protect Journalists
Horrified by the beheadings, journalists, security experts, media companies, and press groups, including CPJ, began drafting a set of standards for news organizations and freelancers designed to reduce security risks.

Turkey frees British Vice News journalists

Umut Uras, Al-Jazeera
Two British Vice News journalists arrested in Turkey were released. However, their Iraqi translator has been kept in prison, according to a senior Turkish official and one of their lawyers who spoke to Al-Jazeera.

Sheep Led to the Slaughter: The Muzzling of Free Speech in America

John W. Whitehead, Huffington Post
What we are witnessing is an environment in which political correctness has given rise to “vindictive protectiveness,” which refers to a society in which “everyone must think twice before speaking up, lest they face charges of insensitivity, aggression or worse.”


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