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Syria: Journalists' Graveyard

Ali Hashem | Posted 03.23.2013 | World
Ali Hashem

Despite the great loss, foreign journalists were mourned by the whole world, obituaries were written after them, books and TV programs were dedicated in their memory- an after death remembrance Syrian journalists dying on a daily basis haven't enjoyed.

America, Do Not Censor Our Entertainment Industry

Tom Rogan | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics
Tom Rogan

In essence, the question would be asked, if violence is to be divorced from entertainment, then why not also the presentation of drugs (for the children's sake)? Or sex (let's stop STDs)? Or religion (we can't risk inflaming violence)?

John Celock

Indicted Mayor Wants To Ban Flags | John Celock | Posted 01.18.2013 | Politics

West New York, a town in northern New Jersey, may adopt a law that bans the American flag from being displayed. Tucked into a proposed ordinance t...

Aaron Swartz, Carmen Ortiz and the American System of Justice

Dan Kennedy | Posted 03.15.2013 | Technology
Dan Kennedy

Nothing good can come from Aaron Swartz's death. But at the very least it should prompt consideration of why such brutality has become a routine part of the American system of justice.

Unlearning Liberty: Hazelwood at 25

David Moshman | Posted 03.08.2013 | College
David Moshman

After 1988, as I anticipated, the news just kept getting worse. Although Hazelwood involved censorship of high school student journalists, the decision has been applied to a broad range of curricular contexts, to teachers as well as students, and to higher education.

Gun Owners Are Coming To Take Away Our Free Speech Rights

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 03.09.2013 | Media
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

A Westchester County, N.Y. newspaper, the Journal News, published a map showing the names and addresses of pistol permit holders. The information was public and there is no real dispute over the right to publish it. Nonetheless, the outcry from gun advocates was deafening.

Google's Antitrust Wrist Slap Is Right Result for Wrong Reason -- Right Reason: Google Search Results Are Free Speech

Peter Scheer | Posted 03.07.2013 | Technology
Peter Scheer

First Amendment considerations should have stopped the FTC's investigation at the outset. That freedom-of-speech is never mentioned in the agency's statement is, well, bizarre.

ACLU on Campus Protests Against Israel

David Moshman | Posted 02.15.2013 | College
David Moshman

At the intersection of equality and liberty lie many hard cases that require careful consideration of complex evidence and subtle balancing of competing rights. But this is not one of them. If I were the OCR I would listen to the ACLU and uphold free expression at Berkeley.

Sexual Orientation Change Therapy and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This line is not always easy to draw, but it is easy in Welch. What the state is regulating in the context of SOCE is not the speech of the therapist as such but the use of a method of therapy.

Doha, Plato and a Dangerous Poet

Lex Paulson | Posted 12.10.2012 | World
Lex Paulson

Should the Obama administration rally to the cause of poetic freedom? Should our diplomats put the screws on the emirate of Qatar, our ally in Libya, purveyor of our petroleum, friendly host of UN climate negotiations and the 2022 World Cup?

Mexico-U.S.: A Shared Tragedy

Christophe Deloire | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
Christophe Deloire

The bloody toll of the Felipe Calderon's six-year presidency cemented Mexico's place among the most dangerous countries on the planet for journalists, with nearly 1,000 attacks on news media and their employees, and also for human rights campaigners and associated activists.

Who Should Control the Internet? The People Who Use It

Ross LaJeunesse | Posted 01.30.2013 | Technology
Ross LaJeunesse

Perhaps the only people who want to fix what isn't broken with the free and open Internet are those who fear that a free and open Internet might break them.

Why Banning Offensive Speech on Campus Fails (VIDEO)

Will Creeley | Posted 01.29.2013 | College
Will Creeley

Censoring offensive speech is the wrong answer, particularly on our nation's college campuses. After all, the college campus has traditionally been an arena for debate and dialogue, and has been deemed by the Supreme Court to be "peculiarly the 'marketplace of ideas.'"

Obama's America: A Spiritual Wake Up Call

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I believe a highly significant part of my being an American is my freedom to protest actively and nonviolently when I completely honestlly disagree with the momentary course of events. In this spirit, I watched President Obama accept the mantle of leadership for another four years.

Facebook Arrests Cast India's Commitment To Free Speech Into The Spotlight

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.28.2012 | World

A little more than a week after two women were arrested in India over a Facebook post that criticized the shutdown of Mumbai in the wake of politician...

Anti-Censorship Manifesto

Christophe Deloire | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Christophe Deloire

Reporters Without Borders has been fighting for more than 25 years so that people are not prevented from saying "two plus two equals four," as George Orwell put it in Nineteen Eighty-Four. Fortunately, freedom has heroes who resist at all cost.

The Cold, Cruel Internet

Dori Hartley | Posted 01.22.2013 | Technology
Dori Hartley

The Internet closed the window of the soul, and now we are disconnected from the best part of ourselves -- the love, the vulnerability, the grace and the reprieve.

A University Administrator Who Supported Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 01.14.2013 | College
David Moshman

Sometimes administrators do the right thing. One who supported intellectual freedom on multiple occasions was E. Benjamin Andrews, who was honored November 3 by the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska (AFCON) at its 25th annual membership meeting.

A Diwali Meditation On Free Speech

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

May the words that we speak be always free, but free also in the most profound religious sense: free from the intention to hurt, free from falsehood, free from disrespect, and free from violence.

Saudi Arabia: Free Detainee Held Since April for Tweets

Human Rights Watch | Posted 12.31.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

(Beirut) - The Saudi authorities should immediately charge or release Mohammed Salama, a dual US and Saudi citizen detained without charge since April...

Arrest Warrant Issued Against Greek Journalist for Publishing 'Lagarde List'

Michael Nevradakis | Posted 12.30.2012 | World
Michael Nevradakis

In a shocking affront to democracy and freedom of speech, Greek prosecutors have ordered the immediate arrest of journalist Kostas Vaxevanis. This comes after the publication of the so-called "Lagarde List," containing the names of 1,991 Greeks with Swiss bank accounts.

'Kill Obama' Message Brings Secret Service To Aspen

Posted 10.25.2012 | Denver

A home under construction in Aspen that was spray-painted on the outside with the words "Kill Obama" Tuesday was soon painted over that same day after...

John Celock

Group Targets 'Unconstitutional' Law | John Celock | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics

A conservative group that helped lead the legal battle that would eventually allow for the creation of super PACs is now working to overturn North Dak...

Censorship on Campus Is Everyone's Problem (VIDEO)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.16.2012 | Books
Greg Lukianoff


Anti-Jihad Ads Reminiscent of McCarthyism, 1950s Fear Mongering

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 10.12.2012 | DC
Rep. Mike Honda

The public transit should be an inviolable public trust, where all of America's public feels safe and welcome. That is currently not the case and it is the responsibility of members of Congress to help change that.