Speech Commentary

A time for more speech in the face of bias, bigotry

One of the hardest times for the image of the First Amendment is when its protection means sheltering speech that most people find offensive, degrading or vile.
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Civility: Let’s try that free-speech option in 2014 in public life

To reshape public debate in a more civil manner, truth, independence and transparency are a good place for a free press to start.
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Debate over Syria an unprecedented national ‘e-conversation’

Americans are engaged in what is a historic – at least, by virtue of being largely electronic – national discussion over national priorities and military options.
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Freezing websites is not a legitimate form of protest

Protest group Anonymous wants White House to declare a form of cyberattack as a type of First Amendment-protected activity, but it’s really just a heckler’s veto.
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Making some student online insults a crime raises problems

At issue is a new North Carolina law that strengthens a cyberbullying statute to provide extra protection to school employees from online defamation.
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True effect of big campaign spending unclear

Much-attacked Citizens United ruling freed corporations and unions to spend heavily on the 2012 elections; in some cases the money scored victories, in others not — on both sides.
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Proceedings against ‘Muslims’ filmmaker must walk fine free-speech line

Mark Basseley Youssef’s prosecution for violating parole conditions seems to have moved extraordinarily quickly in comparison to the usual pace in such cases.
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Technology takes freedoms forward, law catches up

Newest battleground involves now-pervasive social media, where various First Amendment claims are being asserted by Facebook and Twitter or their users.
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Happy birthday, World Wide Web; thanks for enhancing our freedoms

Those who ratified the First Amendment didn’t envision you, but they knew the value of what you make possible — freedom of speech and information at our collective fingertips.
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Privacy: Old concerns echo in new, high-tech era

Attention cable-TV talking heads, celebrity trackers and paparazzi: Two guys in the Victorian Age had your number.
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