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.

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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First Five Newsletter: June 6, 2019

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Overcoming election propaganda, Twitter’s acquisition of a London-based startup, recent charges dropped against white nationalists and more.
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Propaganda on the Ballot

As we prepare for the 2020 presidential election, let’s all do our part to ensure that the information we consume and share is factually accurate.
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First Five Podcast: Deep Conviction — A Look At Religious Liberty

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Author and lawyer Steven Collis talks about four very different Americans who put their reputations and livelihoods at risk to preserve and live their personal beliefs.
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Chips Watch: The Latest Alumni News

Chips Watch features the latest in CQS alumni news.
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Freedom Forum Institute Considers a World without Journalists and Recognizes Journalists Who Died in 2018

WithoutNews

Imagine a world without journalists. What would a world without them to report the news look like?
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First Five Newsletter: May 30, 2019

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Memorial Day reflections, Facebook’s takedown of inauthentic accounts, Pete Buttigieg’s stance on religious freedom and more.
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Justice Sonia Sotomayor Once Again is the Most Speech-Protective Justice

Supreme Court

Sotomayor recognizes that sometimes officers arrest individuals out of retaliation for their speech more so than because a person has committed a crime.
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Contributions of African Americans Often Have Been Minimized or Overlooked in U.S. History — Including in the Observance of Memorial Day

Memorials have been significant milestones in the healing of our nation. But nothing replaces the deeper personal work of examining unconscious bias and prejudice.
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