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Amr Alfiky

New York Police Arrest Journalist While Recording Another Man’s Arrest

“I am a journalist! I am a journalist” the video shows Alfiky yelling. Alfiky also offered to show his press pass and insisted that he did not refuse their orders.

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Fairfax

Federal Court Dismisses Virginia Lt. Governor’s $400 Million Defamation Suit Against CBS

In September 2019, Justin Fairfax sued CBS over its interviews and subsequent coverage of two sexual assault claims against him. This week, a U.S. District Judge dismissed his claims, citing no evidence that CBS' coverage would have led a reasonable viewer to assume they were true or that the organization endorsed the women's allegations.

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California San Marcos

California University System Pays Pro-Life Student $240,000 in Out of Court Settlement

The settlement is part of a 2017 lawsuit filed by a student who a student believes the university discriminated against him and his group when it refused to fund a pro-life event. In addition to paying the student $240,000, the university agreed to amend its policies to ensure future funding is allocated in a viewpoint neutral manner.

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A Vegan “Cheese” Company is Suing California Over Its Labeling Restrictions

Miyoko Schinner, owner of a popular vegan “cheese” company, is suing California after the state ordered her to stop using the word “butter” in her packaging.

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Kesha

In An Ongoing Trial, New York Court Says Kesha’s Texts to Lady Gaga Defamed “Dr. Luke”

The decision is part of a closely followed defamation case filed by music producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, who claimed that Kesha falsely accused him of raping her when the two started working together in 2005.

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Caravaggio

A University in Delaware Censored a Student Art Piece for Its “Violent” Depiction of Trump

The student artwork, a parody of Caravaggio's "Judith Beheading Holofernes," involved swapping the figures for the Statue of Liberty and President Trump. The university's decision to censor the artwork appears to go against policies the school lays out in their student handbook.

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David Nunes

Virginia Legislature Looks to Strengthen State’s Anti-SLAPP Law

Current loopholes in the state's law have lured a number of individuals into using Virginia courts to intimidate their critics. For example, of the six defamation complaints Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) filed in the past year, four were filed in Virginia.

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babson

FIRE Announces This Year’s List of Ten Worst Colleges for Free Speech

Every year since 2011, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has issued a list of 10 individual colleges and universities that, via policies or actions, have threatened the free speech rights of their students and faculty.

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