free speech

Existing Libel Laws Protect the Right to Speak Freely – For All of Us

Newspaper

Make no mistake: The impact of chilling or weakening the Times legal protections will reach into every home, every cellphone and every social media post.
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Violent-themed Student Speech

In the wake of Columbine, school officials have taken to treating all violent-themed student speech as true threats.
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The Ripple Effects of the Government Shutdown — Why We Should be More Civil to our Civil Servants

TSA, associated press, government shutdown

How’s our economy doing? Are the Trump tariffs actually working? Is it a good time to buy a house, start a business or invest in the stock market? No one knows.
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A Growing List: 2019 Threats to First Amendment Freedoms

More of us than ever appear concerned about our First Amendment rights than at any time in the past 25 years.
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What The Future Holds for Free Speech, Free Press

Freedom of Speech

A public discussion on the state of free speech and a free press will be held at the John Seigenthaler Center, on the Vanderbilt University campus, in Nashville, Tenn.
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‘Freedom’ is best response to white supremacy hatemongers

Charlottesville protesters

Attempts to censor neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups is a betrayal of our nation’s core principles — not to mention ineffective and counterproductive.
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Podcast: Censoring Student Journalists

Herriman Telegram

Does freedom of the press apply to high school students? Lata Nott interviews two student journalists about their fight to publish a story their school censored.
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School walkouts in the wake of ‘Parkland’ — protected by the First Amendment or not?

Parkland student protests

As the youth movement around gun control gains steam, some schools have threatened students with suspension and other consequences if they protest on school grounds.
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Podcast: The First Amendment and Symbolic Speech

NFL players take a knee

Expressive acts, like kneeling during the national anthem or burning the American flag, are considered “symbolic speech” — but are they protected under the First Amendment?
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First Amendment Earns a C+ on Winter 2018 Report Card

First Amendment

An antagonistic presidential administration caused the press freedom “grade” to suffer, while freedoms of speech and assembly saw slight improvement.
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