Censorship

A participant dressed in drag gives a book to a child during the "Drag Queen Story Hour" event in downtown Monterrey, Mexico. June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril.

Public Library in Texas Town Cancels Speaking Event with Trans Author

July 9, 2019 A public library in Leander, Texas canceled an event involving Lilah Sturges, a trans woman and graphic novelist, after city officials published new additions to an event policy hours before Sturges was scheduled to speak.  The policy changes required that Sturges submit a background check before speaking, something the novelist said she would have done had she[Read More…]

July 19, 2019 Censorship, Speech, Threats, Top Stories
U.S. President Donald Trump (L) stands with Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. after delivering keynote address at commencement in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S., May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Liberty University’s President Defends Right to Censor Student Newspaper

June 12, 2019 Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. defended his right to censor the university’s student newspaper, arguing that the practice does not violate First Amendment rights to freedom of the press and speech. Last week, writing in an article for the university’s magazine, Liberty Journal, Falwell said that as part of his “fiduciary responsibility” to the private evangelical[Read More…]

June 21, 2019 Below the Fold, Censorship
Rhode Island ACLU Representing Blogger in Prior Restraint Case

Rhode Island ACLU Representing Blogger in Prior Restraint Case

June 20, 2019 The ACLU of Rhode Island has taken on the case of Massachusetts blogger whose content was censored by a Rhode Island Superior Court judge. In February, Aidan Kearney, who runs a website called “Turtleboy Sports,” reposted a video and numerous Facebook comments by Rhode Island resident Kathryn Narcisi, after she had published a request for media coverage[Read More…]

Pro-Gun Activists Sue Texas Politician Who Blocked Them On Facebook

Pro-Gun Activists Sue Texas Politician Who Blocked Them On Facebook

May 15, 2019 The founders of a pro-gun rights group that was blocked by a state politician on social media filed a lawsuit in U. S. District Court for the Western District in Texas, alleging their First Amendment rights were violated. Lone Star Gun Rights co-founders Justin Delosh and Jason Davis filed suit against Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Lake[Read More…]

May 21, 2019 Censorship, Top Stories, Uncategorized
FILE PHOTO: People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo

Public Official Sued For Blocking Constituent on Twitter and Facebook

A Colorado state senator is being sued for blocking a constituent on social media. Anne Landman is suing Republican Senator Ray Scott after he banned her from his official Twitter and Facebook accounts two years ago. “Sen. Scott censored me for being a critical constituent. Yet, he’s allowed his like-minded followers to ridicule me on his page and retain their right to speak freely,” Landman said in a statement. “This doesn’t feel like democracy. This feels like hypocrisy and punishment for having a different point of view.”

May 14, 2019 Censorship, Top Stories, Uncategorized
Prepublication Review: An “Unconstitutional Censorship” of Former Intelligence Officials?

Prepublication Review: An “Unconstitutional Censorship” of Former Intelligence Officials?

Five former intelligence officials are suing two U.S. intelligence agencies and the Department of Defense, challenging the constitutionality of the agencies’ “prepublication review” system. The prepublication review system requires current and former intelligence agency employees and military personnel to submit  for government approval anything they write about their past work.

April 17, 2019 Censorship, Prior Restraints, Top Stories
Australian News Outlets And Journalists Must Appear In Court To Answer To Alleged Suppression Order Breach

Australian News Outlets And Journalists Must Appear In Court To Answer To Alleged Suppression Order Breach

An Australian gag order that is preventing the media from reporting on one of the country’s biggest stories has made its way to the US, preventing outlets with bureaus Down Under from covering the verdict of a Cardinal convicted of five counts of sexual abuse.

In a digital age, are orders like this one still relevant and viable?

March 26, 2019 Censorship, Top Stories
FILE PHOTO: People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo

Another Judge Rules That Politicians Censoring Critics On Twitter Violates The First Amendment

January 18, 2019: Three Republican Officials Blocked A Liberal Advocacy Group A federal judge ruled that three Republican members of the Wisconsin State Assembly violated the First Amendment rights of a liberal advocacy group by blocking the group’s account from their respective Twitter pages. The group, One Wisconsin Now (OWN), filed a lawsuit in 2017 against Assembly Speaker Robin Vos,[Read More…]

January 23, 2019 Below the Fold, Censorship, Speech
Local Official Can’t Block Constituent On Facebook, Federal Appeals Court Rules

Local Official Can’t Block Constituent On Facebook, Federal Appeals Court Rules

A federal appeals court upheld a ruling that a local county official who temporarily blocked a constituent from her Facebook page violated the First Amendment, making this the first court of appeals ruling regarding whether the First Amendment applies to government-run social media accounts.

January 8, 2019 Censorship, Speech, Top Stories
Arkansas Student Newspaper Overcomes Censorship Dispute

Arkansas Student Newspaper Overcomes Censorship Dispute

December 6, 2018: The District Called the Article “Harmful”, “Divisive”  The controversy that ensued over an investigation published by student journalists—despite a state law protecting their rights—has come to a close. Student journalists at The Har Ber Herald were forced to remove a story from their website and had their operations suspended after they published a story questioning the school district’s approval to[Read More…]

December 6, 2018 Below the Fold, Censorship, Press