On Oct. 15, spiked presented a special, half-day conference on liberty, consisting of three lively and provocative discussions. In partnership with the Alliance Defending Freedom and supported by the Acton Institute, each session explored the troubles afflicting core First Amendment freedoms — speech, press and religion.
Matthew Segal, The Guardian
Panhandlers can make some people feel uncomfortable. But a listener’s discomfort, or even fear, rarely justifies restricting speech.
Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Seventy-two women’s and civil-rights groups on Wednesday announced a campaign to enlist the federal government in pressuring colleges to protect students from harassment via anonymous social-media applications like Yik Yak.
Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone
The New York Police Department officer union has called for a citywide boycott of Quentin Tarantino’s films following comments the director made during a rally against police brutality on Saturday.
Safa Ben Said, Committee to Protect Journalists
Hard-earned press freedom in Tunisia is under threat as journalists are squeezed between violent extremists and security services sensitive to criticism in the wake of deadly terror attacks. While Islamist militants threaten the media, the government introduces restrictive legislation and security forces legally harass and even assault journalists.
Michael Roth, Huffington Post
In addition to sparking conversation, the op-ed also generated calls to punish the newspaper. Protests against newspapers, of course, are also part of free speech. But punishment, if successful, can have a chilling effect on future expression.