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Foreign Press Protects Cubans at "Freelance" Book Launch

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

After sneaking through the alleys of Cerro to lose the two "securities" who were following us, we managed to present Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo's book.

Silenced In Sri Lanka: Government Suppresses Journalists As Fighting Grips Nation | Anonymous | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As Sri Lanka's decades-long war approaches what is expected to be a gruesome conclusion, the world largely looks elsewhere. This can be blamed on the ...

Tila Tequila Likes to F*ck...with Free Speech

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

It sounds a helluva lot like Tila Tequila believes in censorship. Of the very same medium that made her, which, frankly, we find shockingly ungrateful.

Do User-Generated Review Sites Sites do More Harm Than Good?

Pauline Millard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Pauline Millard

I would worry about what these sites said about me and how they were monitored. Users post anonymously, and there are no checks and balances to investigate if any of the claims are valid.

MSU Student Cleared of Charges, but Overzealous Spam Ban Remains

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

Many MSU decision-makers don't have a clear idea of the distinction between the use of university or departmental listservs and the general use of university e-mail accounts.

Minerva, South Korean Blogger, Charged With Spreading False Info

AP | KWANG-TAE KIM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SEOUL, South Korea — Prosecutors charged a popular South Korean blogger on Thursday with spreading false information that they alleged damaged t...

The Bush Legacy: Normalizing the Outrageous

Leslie Weise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Weise

When I attended a 2008 hearing for the free speech lawsuit in which I'm involved, I was struck by the defendants' arguments, being made on behalf of government officials, as eerily un-American.

Solutions for Cuba: Let Everyone Speak

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Let everyone speak, no matter whether in complaint or in support of a proposal designed to address the problems.

Thirteen Civil Liberties Organizations Unite to Fight Michigan State U on 'Spam' Conviction

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

MSU's arbitrary limit on the number of people students can contact via e-mail about an issue of public concern... is a serious threat to student and citizen activism.

Petition to NBC: Stop Helping Coulter Sell Her Books

Ira Forman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ira Forman

On "Hannity & Colmes" Ann Coulter revealed that she will appear on NBC's "Today" show on January 6, 2009 to promote her newest book, "Guilty: Liberal ...

Cuba Cracks Down On Bloggers

Mother Jones | Marc Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Havana-based writer Yoani Sanchez was recently named by Time magazine as one the 100 most influential people in the world, and she won the 2008 Ortega...

It's Raining Spam at Michigan State U

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Lukianoff

By tomorrow, the country will find out if MSU prefers bullying students with an unconstitutional anti-spam policy to complying with the First Amendment.

Anonymity Of "Obama Is A Muslim" Emails Constitutionally-Protected?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Emails saying absolutely anything about a candidate could not only be sent anonymously, but whoever sends them would actually be allowed to break any sort of anti-spam laws to do so.

On January 20, With the Stroke of a Pen, President Obama Can Undo Some of the Damage of the Past Eight Years

Anthony D. Romero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anthony D. Romero

Presidents have enormous power to establish policy by executive order, federal regulation, or simply by refocusing the efforts and emphases of the executive agencies.

A Tale of Two Universities

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Lukianoff

My thinking is, if Quinnipiac is going to show such contempt for its own student journalists, journalists around the country should start ignoring their polls.

Fight Crime, Ban Symbols

Suzette Standring | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Suzette Standring

A patch, label or logo does not a murderer make. Let's not start down a road where in time the government gets into the business of controlling tee-shirt slogans.

One Step Closer To Nationwide Free Wireless Internet

Daniel Sinker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Daniel Sinker

The idea behind it is that the government can use existing spectrum to reach areas under-served by current internet carriers: rural America and underprivileged communities.

Keeping the Internet Free For a New Generation of Speakers

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Leslie Harris

The next president should set out to make the Internet's very own Bill of Rights and promote strategies that empower Internet users to make their own choices for their families about content controls.

University Of Ilinois Reverses Political Activity Ban

Champaign News-Gazette | Christine Des Garennes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

University of Illinois employees, feel free to put a John McCain sticker on your car or attend a Barack Obama rally on campus. UI President B. Joseph...

Jerry Seinfeld Court Papers: It's Free Speech!

NY Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Jerry Seinfeld insisted yesterday he ought to be the master of his own comic domain. Seinfeld didn't slander the woman who accused his wife of rippin...

Baton-Bashed In Denver! Is This Really What Democracy Looks Like?!

Linda Milazzo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Milazzo

IS THIS WHAT DEMOCRACY REALLY LOOKS LIKE?! There are characteristics essential to being a member of the peace and social justice organization, ...

Anti-War Protesters Have Every Reason to Yell "Fuck FOX News!"

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
ZP Heller

FOX is guilty of war- and fearmongering, spreading the administration's lies at every turn, and smearing those who try to set the record straight. I'd say these anti-war protesters get the message just right.

Frustrated With TV Ads? Run Your Own for $6

Ryan Kauffman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ryan Kauffman

Instead of having content generated in studios, financed with giant bankrolls, and distributed to the masses on a limited number of channels, SaysMe is encouraging you to attack the media world asymmetrically.

Friday Talking Points [40] -- Obama Shines, McCain Whines

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Be careful what you wish for, John. That seems to be the message of the week for Senator John McCain. He took some campaign consultant's idea a few w...

A Free Speech Graveyard at the Democratic National Convention

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

With the media having sold out the First Amendment rights of protesters for the sake of their own financial interests, it is now left to a handful of civil liberties organizations and protesters to challenge these restrictions in court.