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: August 22, 2019

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Religious beliefs in the workplace, suspended social media disinformation campaign and more.
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Can Government Contractors Refuse Workers Based on Religious Beliefs?

Office Meeting

The greatly expanded scope of the exemption means that it has the potential to bolster one aspect of religious freedom (for some) while undermining another.
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Summer 2018: Zahria Rogers

Zahria Rogers (Summer 2018) reflects on her CQS internship experience.
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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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First Five Newsletter: August 15, 2019

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Online censorship protections, social media controversies, federal employee union lawsuit and more.
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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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#FREEAUSTINTICE

Austin Tice, free press

August 14, 2019 marks seven years since American journalist Austin Tice went missing in Syria.
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Two Public Media Stations Chosen to Receive Workplace Integrity Training

Power Shift Project

Public Media Journalists Association has chosen two member stations to receive Workplace Integrity training free of charge. The initiative is part of a pilot project with the Power Shift Project to partner with stations to improve workplace cultures.
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Federal Judge Rules Middle School Officials Could Punish Student for Writing ‘Trump 2016’ on Whiteboard

Classroom

The district court emphasized that the punishment did not relate to any particular political viewpoint.
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First Five Newsletter: August 8, 2019

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Conspiracy theories’ harmful effects, amendment to limit campaign spending, dismissed lawsuit against Wikileaks and more. First Five Column Katharine Kosin and Kirsti Kenneth reflect on the renewed public discussion of potential
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