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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
Social Media Giants Testify Before Congress

Social Media Giants Testify Before Congress

October 3o, 2017: Congress Takes Facebook, Twitter and Google to task Representatives from Facebook, Twitter and Google are on the Hill this week to testify about how fake news was disseminated during the 2016 US elections, when the networks knew Russia had infiltrated their platforms and what they are doing to counter such attacks. Watch live:

October 31, 2017 Fake News, Top Stories
Charlottesville Unite the Right Rally

Weekend Alt-Right Rallies Test Policing and Free Speech

October 28, 2017: Tennessee Alt-Right Rally Closely Watched After Violence in Charlottesville and Gainesville In in Shelbyville, in Central Tennessee, a “White Lives Matter” demonstration on Saturday prompted a ramped up police presence and a coterie of counter-demonstrators. Protestors on both sides traveling take part in often contentious encounters are creating new law enforcement challenges. Speaking to the New York Times Occidental Dissent[Read More…]

October 29, 2017 Top Stories
Louisiana Parish Council Passes Bill to Protect Flag From Desecration

Louisiana Parish Council Passes Bill to Protect Flag From Desecration

  October 24, 2017: Local Legislators Say Don’t Disrespect the Flag, ACLU Counters It Is Protected Speech The Iberville Parish Council without debate and against the American Civil Liberties Union’s recommendation passed an ordinance “to prohibit flag desecration of (the) American Flag, Louisiana Flag and Iberville Parish Flag.” Council Chairman Matthew Jewell stated he was not against the First Amendment but that[Read More…]

October 27, 2017 Top Stories
Following Supreme Court, Kentucky Judge Lifts Social Media Ban on Sex Offenders

Following Supreme Court, Kentucky Judge Lifts Social Media Ban on Sex Offenders

  In June, the Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina statute with banned registered sex offenders from accessing social media because it violated their First Amendment rights (Packingham v. North Carolina). Now a judge in Kentucky is following suit. Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, a U.S. District Judge in Frankfort, said that Kentucky’s laws restricted free speech by too broadly taking away[Read More…]

October 23, 2017 Top Stories
Twitter Steps Up Speech Police

Twitter Steps Up Speech Police

Can Twitter effectively monitor its site to dismantle the spread of toxic content? What does that mean for free speech?

October 18, 2017 Top Stories
Controversial Speaker Causes Florida Governor to Declare State of Emergency

Controversial Speaker Causes Florida Governor to Declare State of Emergency

October 16, 2017: When a Campus Speaker Stokes Panic  In August, Richard Spencer was at the center of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thursday he is set to speak at the University of Florida and Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in advance of his visit. The University’s $500,000 security plan will be bolstered by[Read More…]

October 16, 2017 Top Stories
Criticism Escalates Over President Trump’s Threats To Revoke Network Licenses

Criticism Escalates Over President Trump’s Threats To Revoke Network Licenses

October 17, 2017: FCC Chair Stands By First Amendment In a rebuke to President Trump’s threats to revoke broadcast licenses, FCC Chair Ajit Pai said at telecom law event, “The FCC under my leadership will stand for the First Amendment, and under the law the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on[Read More…]

October 12, 2017 News Gathering, Top Stories
ESPN Anchor Suspended for Repeated Controversial Tweets

ESPN Anchor Suspended for Repeated Controversial Tweets

When is a tweet a fireable offense? ESPN anchor Jemele Hill has been posting comments that have come under increasing scrutiny. Under Connecticut law, ESPN is bound by First Amendment principles of freedom of speech. The network’s recent suspension of Hill for her latest tweets may be an employer stating an employee violated social media guidelines or an action that can be challenged in court.

October 9, 2017 Top Stories
The Supreme Court Considers First Amendment Arguments in Gerrymandering Case

The Supreme Court Considers First Amendment Arguments in Gerrymandering Case

It’s only a few days into the new Supreme Court session and the exchanges have already become heated. There is much at stake in one of the first cases to be heard, Gill v. Whitford, a challenge to the redistricting plan passed by Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature in 2011 which led to significant Democratic losses in the 2012 Wisconsin State Assembly elections. Will the court ban extreme gerrymandering? What is the First Amendment impact?

October 5, 2017 Top Stories