Censorship

2017 Has Been A Year of Challenges For Artistic Free Speech

2017 Has Been A Year of Challenges For Artistic Free Speech

From comedian Kathy Griffin posing with a severed head of Trump to the Public Theater depicting the death of a Trump look-alike in Julius Caesar, 2017 has been a year where the arts have pushed the boundaries and come under fire. The threat of government censorship is not new. In 1873, under the Comstock Law a reported 194,000 “questionable pictures” and 134,000 pounds of[Read More…]

December 10, 2017 Censorship, Speech
Judge Refuses to Enforce Prior Restraint Against EFF

Judge Refuses to Enforce Prior Restraint Against EFF

November 17, 2017: Federal Judge Says Australian Court Cannot Tell US-based EFF To Take Down Article A federal judge ruled that an order issued by an Australian court to take down an article published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation could not be enforced in the United States. EFF had published a story on June 30, 2016 that featured the Global[Read More…]

November 19, 2017 Censorship, Prior Restraints, Top Stories
Jason Aldean

Country Music Association Backtracks on Reporter Ban At Awards Gala

November 3, 2017: Under Pressure, the Country Music Association Apologies For Attempting to Silence Reporters The Country Music Association first told reporters covering the annual awards event next week that questions about “the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like” were to be avoided. The penalty: a “security escort” out of the event. The Association[Read More…]

November 3, 2017 Access, Censorship, Top Stories
Reporter Arrested Covering Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Candidate

Reporter Arrested Covering Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Candidate

October 31, 2017: Aggressive Police Takedown of Reporter Leaves Many Wondering Why Video capturing the arrest of Shareblue Media’s Mike Stark show police officers aggressively confronting Stark. Fairfax County police are investigating. Did Stark break the law or was he being targeted and silenced? Shareblue Media reporter violently arrested while covering GOP nominee for Virginia governorhttps://t.co/HWHapmV0qu pic.twitter.com/vrHBa0lEfD — Holly O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan)[Read More…]

November 1, 2017 Censorship, Top Stories
Are Media Blackouts the New Norm?

Are Media Blackouts the New Norm?

Gag orders or standard practice of administrations in transition?

Can Journalists Be Silenced?

Can Journalists Be Silenced?

The most serious violation of First Amendment rights is considered to be prior restraints—judicial orders to stop publication of material in advance through the issuance of an injunction. With a prior restraint, ideas and news never see the light of day and so never enter the marketplace of ideas. Prior restraints are heavily disfavored and are assumed to be unconstitutional[Read More…]

April 1, 2017 Censorship, Prior Restraints