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All Threats Matter: The Selective Prosecution of Violent Speech

Torraine Walker | Posted 09.09.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

The efforts of Black Lives Matter protesters have forced a long overdue conversation about entrenched brutality and racism in American policing. It seems like opponents are using a handful of unfortunately worded expressions of black anger to avoid -- or destroy -- the discussion.

Offering Immigrant Children the 'Write' to Freedom

Steph Thompson | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Steph Thompson

Poverty and the plight of the powerless is hard to behold firsthand. It is something so many people try to forget, save a few distant images on screens or words uttered in calm monotone on NPR while we drink our morning coffee.

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

Why American Journalism Is in a State of Crisis

S. Kumar | Posted 07.31.2015 | Media
S. Kumar

Will McAvoy, in the HBO drama The Newsroom, tells a colleague: "I don't believe in censorship, but I'm a big believer in self-censorship." It's a simple principle that guided generations of journalists and news organizations in America for decades, but one that the press now seems to have forgotten. In an age of 24-hour online news driven by ad sales and page views, responsible journalism seems to be hard to find.

Art of Resistance: Charlie Hebdo's Antonio Fischetti and Judea Pearl on the War on Journalists

Devra Maza | Posted 08.06.2015 | World
Devra Maza

It's the prize no one should have to win. When The Daniel Pearl Award was presented to the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, everyone who rose to applaud knew it came at a terrible cost.

Comedy, White Supremacy and the Right-Wing Agenda

Dana Alexander | Posted 07.23.2015 | Comedy
Dana Alexander

Since leaving my white suburb at the age of 17 I have almost exclusively lived in "ethnic" areas and still do. Why? Because it's an opportunity to be something other than "the black girl."

A Big Victory in Georgia Points the Way to Ending Abuses of Freedom of Speech on Campus

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 07.23.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Today marks the official end of an eight-year legal odyssey for one student who was kicked out of his college for clearly protected speech back in 200...

1st Amendment Punctures Secrecy Surrounding Cosby Transcript, Police-shooting Videos

Peter Scheer | Posted 07.21.2015 | Media
Peter Scheer

For lawyers who specialize in helping clients suppress information that could prove embarrassing or worse, several recent developments just made their job a lot harder -- which is, of course, a good thing from the standpoint of the public interest.

Small Electric Yerevan Spark -- A Big Challenge for the Armenian Government

St. Gallen Symposium | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
St. Gallen Symposium

What is specific to Electric Yerevan is that the protests were not led by any political leader, from either the ruling or opposition parties. It was a purely social movement led by young people and joined by the senior generation.

Freedom of Speech

Karen Ann Kennedy | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Karen Ann Kennedy

You have a right to believe what you believe. You even have a right to say what you believe. But when you do, don't be surprised by the outcome. You are free to speak your mind, but not free from the consequences.

Egypt Enforces Tough Media Restrictions

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.06.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

One can't blame journalists in Egypt for being confused about what they can (and can't) cover and what language to use in their reports, given the widening chasm between authorities and countless news organizations.

Sign Up to Stand Up for Global Academic Freedom

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.26.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Perhaps the greatest threat to academic freedom may be the Department of Education, which has promoted a definition of harassment so broad that cases like Laura Kipnis's are all but inevitable.

Conservative Blogger Sues Gawker For $66 Million Over Public Pooping Rumors

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 06.19.2015 | Media

What do you do when an irreverent liberal blog implies that you pooped on the floor in college? Sue for $66 million, of course. The plaintiff in t...

'Give Light and the People Will Find Their Own Way'

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.15.2015 | Media
The University of Central Florida Forum

That stub of a candle is my talisman -- an evocative reminder of what's really important amid the day-to-day hustle of an academic life teaching journalism.

Citizens United Cracks Down on Free Speech

Ryan Campbell | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Ryan Campbell

At a rally Citizens United sponsored for Steve King to bring all the GOP candidates to Iowa, Marco Malagone and Cesar Vargas, Co-Director of Dream Action Coalition, were kicked out for trying to ask candidates questions.

My Testimony in Front of Congress About Free Speech on Campus (LIVE STREAM)

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.02.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Blinn is a public college bound by the First Amendment, but when a student wanted to protest in favor of her Second Amendment rights she was told that she had to limit her free speech activities to this tiny zone.

Academic Freedom Under Siege

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 06.01.2015 | College
Geoffrey R. Stone

Six weeks ago, Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro wrote a fine op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in which he offered a ringing endorsement of academic freedom. It is therefore both surprising and disappointing that Northwestern University recently found itself embroiled in two embarrassing violations of the core principles of academic freedom.

'Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee' These Days

John A. Tures | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Fox News has been heavily criticizing a Boston University professor for racist tweets while condemning colleges for having speech codes regulating such words.

Reading Charlie Hebdo in Context

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

Whether one enjoys Charlie Hebdo's cartoons or finds them offensive, George Orwell's words seem to capture the heart of the matter: "If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

Freedom of Speech Is Everything

Gad Saad | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Gad Saad

In a pluralistic society, people have to accept that others do not hold their religious views with any reverence.

In Praise of Blasphemy

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

American friends, especially PEN Club writers, please read, right now, Caroline Fourest's new book, Eloge du blasphème (In Praise of Blasphemy, Grasset 2015), if you wish to understand.

Colleges and Universities Answer the Call on Climate Change

Ellen Moyer, Ph.D. | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Ellen Moyer, Ph.D.

Will universities rescue our climate? Not single-handedly. But students, educators, researchers, and administrators are leading the way, lending hope that we will successfully address our climate problem.

Regime Change in Sri Lanka

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Asoka Bandarage

Local and international print media continue to bring charges against the former Rajapaksa government, but overlook the dangers posed by the current Sri Lankan regime to the rule of law, democracy and freedom of expression.

A Time for Free Speech... And More of It

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

As Jews and Christians in Philadelphia prepared for the weekend in which we celebrate Passover and Easter, just such sickening sentiments began appearing on 84 buses in our public transit system.

Curing Social Media of Its Outrage Addiction May Start on Campus

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.08.2015 | College
Greg Lukianoff

If we want to realize social media's full promise of massive unprecedented global conversation conducted in real time, we should be teaching our students how to argue both thoughtfully and effectively.