News & Commentary

Regular commentary from the Freedom Forum Institute on First Amendment issues is now distributed under the “First Five” banner — which also includes a podcast and a weekly newsletter.

First Five Newsletter: June 20, 2019

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Trump’s support for banning the desecration of the American flag, the Hatch Act, news avoidance and more.
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White House “Chills” on Free Speech

White House

Most government employees have severe restrictions on their First Amendment rights. Some of these restrictions are justified. But there are plenty of examples of this censorship going too far.
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First Amendment Center’s Newstrition Application Makes it to Mobile

Newstrition

Newstrition,empowers readers with details about the online news outlets they regularly consume.
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Mary Ann Hogan: 1951-2019

Mary Ann Hogan

Mary Ann Hogan, a CQS writing and career coach from 1997 to 2012, died June 13, 2019.
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Carol Guzy Receives 2019 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media

Guzy, Al Neuharth Award

Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist Carol Guzy was awarded the 2019 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media.
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Appreciation: Former CQS Coach Mary Ann Hogan, 1951-2019

Mary Ann Hogan

An appreciation of Mary Ann Hogan and the impression she made on the lives and careers of the Chips Quinn Scholars she coached from 1997 to 2012.
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Andrew Ba Tran (Spring 2006) remembers former CQS Coach Mary Ann Hogan

Mary Ann Hogan

Andrew Ba Tran (Spring 2006) remembers his CQS coach, Mary Ann Hogan.
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First Five Newsletter: June 13, 2019

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Censorship and social media, expansion of the Assange indictment, arresting for profanity and more.
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Arresting a Person for Profanity Often Violates the First Amendment

gavel, stock, jury, judge

A three-judge panel affirmed in its decision that the key to the case is individuals often have a First Amendment right to utter profanity — even directed at police officers.
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New Assange Charges Raise Two First Amendment Alarms

Julian Assange

We know journalism when we see, read or hear it, not when a government official tells us.
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