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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.

COVID 19: Taking Care of Journalists and Journalism

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Sixteen newsroom, education and industry leaders gathered for a Power Shift Project webinar led by Jill Geisler, Freedom Forum Fellow in Women’s Leadership, on Monday, March 23.
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COVID-19: Getting good information as virus crisis unfolds

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In times of crisis, from natural disasters to 9/11 and more, a free press has consistently delivered the goods, saving lives and asking the necessary and often inevitable challenging questions of the public officials on whom we depend for safety and security.
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Chipsters in the World: New Orleans

Chipsters in the World: New Orleans

Check out the latest photo in our Where in the World Are Our Chipsters series.
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The First Amendment protects activities adjacent to voting, but stops short of voting itself

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The right to express your political opinion is incredibly valuable and deserving of the utmost protection. But it’s strange that the same protection doesn’t extend to your ability to actually enact political change.
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Reflection: Seth Prince, University of Oklahoma

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Seth Prince (1999) reflects on the controversy involving an OU professor who used a racial slur in class.
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Chipsters in the World: St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Check out the latest photo in our Where in the World Are Our Chipsters series.
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Google v. Oracle: Tech battle ultimately about free speech

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Current Supreme Court case between Google and Oracle could limit our ability to communicate with each other, dampening the web’s potential for increasing public engagement in debate and decision on matters that affect us all.
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Lifting Every Voice in Religious Freedom

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It is important to explore religious freedom through the lens of African American perspectives because we must lift every voice that has been impacted by religious discrimination and bigotry.
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Chips Watch: The Latest Alumni News

Chips Watch features the latest CQS alumni news.
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‘More Speech, Not Enforced Silence’

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At times, it is most tempting to censor speech or to call for the censorship of speech we don’t like, but before engaging in those impulses, we should consider Justice Brandeis’s time-honored message of “more speech, not enforced silence.”
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