iOS app Android app

Free Speech

Reflection on Free Speech: 60 Minutes May 6, 2012

Paul Ruth | Posted 07.09.2012 | Media
Paul Ruth

The two pilots who spoke to 60 Minutes and the many more who unusually spoke out against higher ranking military officers were exercising the very right guaranteed in the constitution.

Tufts Reverses Suspension Over 'Check Out Our Cox' T-Shirts

Posted 05.07.2012 | College

After a brief suspension over an offending shirt, the Tufts crew team's punishment was overturned on Thursday by the president of the university. "...

Tufts Crew Team Punished for 'Check Out Our Cox' T-Shirts

Adam Kissel | Posted 07.03.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

Parody, satire, humor, and puns are fully part of the marketplace of ideas, and it is unacceptable for a university like Tufts to violate its promises and abuse its "bias incident" policy to decide which jokes may or may not be told on campus.

New Gangs in Politics

Ted Kaufman | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics
Ted Kaufman

There are some new gangs in our political neighborhoods called "super PACS" and they distorted the outcome in a number of states during the Republican presidential nomination campaign.

On Nugent, Saving a Liberty to Allude and Growl

The Daily Barometer | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
The Daily Barometer

Better safe than sorry, but investigating a public figure with a big mouth and political animosity only promotes a more restricted purview of speech, especially politically motivated forms.

Middle School Girls Expelled Over Facebook Jokes 'To Kill' Peers

AP | CHARLES WILSON | Posted 04.26.2012 | Education

INDIANAPOLIS -- Three eighth-graders from northwest Indiana who say they were expelled after joking on Facebook about which of their classmates they w...

The Dumbest Show on Fox News Channel Ever

Bob Cesca | Posted 06.25.2012 | Media
Bob Cesca

2012-04-25-Screenshot20120425at2.59.19PM.jpgIf Fox News was trying to create a show that would amplify the intellectual stature of the usually moronic Fox & Friends, they have totally succeeded with The Five.

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 04.24.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

We request that your government reconsider its travel ban on Dr. Chee and, in the spirit of human rights, allow him to leave Singapore for four days to participate in the Oslo Freedom Forum.

Online Spying, Brought to You by Facebook

Josh Levy | Posted 06.13.2012 | Technology
Josh Levy

You'd think online services would oppose something like this -- but in fact Facebook, Microsoft and others support it. Under CISPA, they wouldn't be required to share any information about their users with authorities. But if they chose to do so, the bill would protect them from any legal blowback.

State Dept., Florida Lawmakers Cited For Free Speech Violations

AP | ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics

RICHMOND, Va. — Enacting a law that bars doctors from discussing gun safety with their patients. Slicing the "f-word" from a designated free-spe...

Suspensions At Sunset District High School Spark Fiery Free Speech Battle

| Posted 04.12.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Corey G. Johnson Civil rights groups recently intervened in a free-speech controversy ...

The Risk Management Industry Teaches Us to See a Hoodie As a Potential Threat

Adam Kissel | Posted 06.10.2012 | College
Adam Kissel

I am dismayed that the risk management industry is training law enforcement and college officials to see a hoodie or "harmful debate" as a potential threat.

Free Speech Battle Over Protests Looming at Seattle College

Mark Taylor-Canfield | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Mark Taylor-Canfield

A major battle over free speech is being waged at Seattle Community College District, where the Board of Trustees wants to revise the Washington Administrative Code to allow new rules that would regulate protests on all three of the city's state funded community college campuses.

Board Recommends Dismissal For Marine Who Criticized Obama On Facebook

AP | By JULIE WATSON | Posted 06.06.2012 | Politics

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- Marine Corps officials are seeking additional guidance from the Pentagon regarding service members' use of social media amid...

Student Expelled For Profane Tweet Thrust Into Free-Speech Debate

AP | CHARLES WILSON | Posted 04.03.2012 | Education

INDIANAPOLIS -- Austin Carroll was fighting insomnia when the Indiana teenager turned to Twitter for relief and casually dropped the F-word multiple t...

Dave Jamieson

Chamber-Backed Anti-Protest Bill Draws Fury Of Unions AND Tea Party | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.29.2012 | Politics

Labor unions and Tea Party activists came together at the Georgia statehouse Thursday morning to speak out against a controversial bill that they say ...

The 12 Worst Colleges For Free Speech In 2012

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.27.2012 | Home
Greg Lukianoff

Free exchange of ideas is the lifeblood of any university, and for the second year in a row my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in E...

The Right Has It Wrong on Media Matters' Campaign Against Limbaugh

Tom Mullen | Posted 05.26.2012 | Media
Tom Mullen

There is no question of rights here. Media Matters is fully within its rights to run ad campaigns against Limbaugh. They are exercising their right to free speech.

Dave Jamieson

Tea Party Stands With Unions Against Controversial Bill | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Subscribers to an Atlanta Tea Party email list received an alert Monday morning urging them to take a stand against SB 469, a controvers...

Penalizing Criticism Of Islam Threatens Free Speech And Reforms

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 05.19.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

The eminent Turkish Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation was recently welcomed in Europe, the U.S. and Australia. However, this organization has an agenda to criminalize criticism of Islam, which threatens to strangle dissent and reform.

Heavy Hand of Media Control in China -- and Here?

David Tereshchuk | Posted 05.14.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

Of course we are nothing like China when it comes to government surveillance of social media -- are we?

Jane, You Ignorant Slut: Civility, Speech and Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 05.13.2012 | College
David Moshman

We all have a First Amendment right to begin our arguments with some version of "Jane, you ignorant slut." We can't rely on censors to enforce civility. But we needn't say all the terrible things we're allowed to say.

University of California Gets It Wrong (Again)

Bob Ostertag | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Bob Ostertag

Why is it that every time an administrator from the University of California opens their mouth about social protest they immediately insert their feet...

UN's ITU Could Become Next Internet Freedom Threat

Edward J. Black | Posted 05.09.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Some of the lessons learned from the dangers of legislation like SOPA should be the need for forbearance and a well-researched, multi-stakeholder derived policy to avoid unintended consequences.

Defending Limbaugh's Right to His Despicable Speech

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.08.2012 | Media
Lanny Davis

When I hear liberal commentators calling for boycotting any business that advertises on the Limbaugh show, or calling on radio stations carrying the show to cancel it, I start to get nervous -- as a First Amendment liberal, that is.