Freedom of Speech

From NBA to Trump to our ears and eyes, how free speech works

Freedom of Speech

Other nations may have rules or laws that in some fashion say they protect or really do protect freedom of speech, but none has quite the same strong constitutional protection that we have in the U.S.
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Protecting Religious Freedom Has a Domino Effect

Religious Freedom

The recent death of a turbaned Sikh law enforcement officer sparks conversation over the fact that some members of minority religious communities are still forced to decide between serving their country and honoring their religious identities.
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Former Sex Offenders Can Proceed with Lawsuit Challenging Restrictions on Internet Use

Internet Feature

A group of former sex offenders may continue with their lawsuit, challenging the constitutionality of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC’s) restrictive policy on internet access for those convicted of sex crimes.
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Long Before Trump Complained About Libel Laws, President Teddy Roosevelt Was Sued for Libel

Gavel Feature

President Trump has said the nation’s libel laws need to be “opened up” to make it easier for public officials like himself to undertake libel lawsuits, though it did not keep him from criticizing his enemies or attacking libel laws since then.
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Does the First Amendment Protect Speech Made By Artificial Intelligence?

A.I. Feature

The history of technology and the First Amendment essentially involves our legal system slowly and reluctantly expanding the definition of speech to include new forms of communication.
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School Officials Need a First Amendment Lesson

school hallway

Students have a First Amendment right not to recite the school pledge as a form of peaceful protest, but not all schools honor that.
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First Amendment Protections Resilient for Free Speech, Free Press

Freedom of Speech

Any attempts to limit First Amendment rights deserve scrutiny, but clearly run against the core values held by sizeable majorities in an era when such majorities rarely exist.
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Punishing Congress Members for Free Speech Violates First Amendment

U.S. Capitol

The essence of our First Amendment freedoms is the government may not inhibit or punish us for our speech, regardless of the content of that speech.
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Are social media companies going “too far” to regulate content on their platforms?

Social media

Americans are no longer taking everything they see on the internet at face value — and that’s a good thing for our democracy.
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