Censorship

Supreme Court Rules Poll Dress Code Unconstitutional

Supreme Court Rules Poll Dress Code Unconstitutional

June 14, 2018: Supreme Court Weights In On Tea Party T-Shirts And Politics At The Polls The Supreme Court struck down a Minnesota statute that restricted what voters can wear to the polls on election day. Under Minnesota’s law, voters may not wear “issue-oriented material” and “material promoting a group with recognizable political views,” such as buttons or badges. The[Read More…]

June 14, 2018 Censorship, Top Stories
Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel (screenshot from Providence Journal video 2012)

Newspaper Challenging RI Judge In Federal Court For Banning Juror Contact

June 12, 2018: Newspaper Seeking Clarification On Free Press Principles The Providence Journal is moving a First Amendment complaint against a Superior Court judge to federal court for declaring a ban on reporter contact with jurors after a trial. The newspaper’s lawyers, the state Superior Court, and the judge could not reach an agreement about reporter’s access to jurors and[Read More…]

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Judge: Comment Policy At School Meeting Likely Unconstitutional

June 6, 2018: Committee Suspends Public Speak Portion At Meetings A judge granted a preliminary injunction temporarily preventing a local school committee from enforcing restrictions on public comments at its meetings. The lawsuit was filed by two parents of former students who were barred from expressing their concerns at a school committee meeting. The judge said that the policies restricting[Read More…]

June 8, 2018 Censorship, Speech, Top Stories
ACLU Sues U.S. Courts Administrative Office for Violation of Free Speech

ACLU Sues U.S. Courts Administrative Office for Violation of Free Speech

May 31, 2018: ACLU Argues That The Measures For Judicial Employees Are Stricter Than Those Governing Executive Branch Employees New rules implemented in March are barring hundred of support staff at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts from engaging in political activity, including expressing their political views on social media or donating to political parties. The ACLU is arguing that[Read More…]

June 1, 2018 Censorship, Speech, Top Stories
Judge Rules Student May Wear “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” T-shirt

Judge Rules Student May Wear “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” T-shirt

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order that would allow high school senior Addison Barnes to wear a t-shirt that read “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co.” for the remainder of the school year. Barnes lawyers argued that his shirt constituted “pure political speech” and did not disturb or interfere with the school, promote illegal activity or contain obscene or vulgar language.

June 1, 2018 Censorship, Top Stories
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…]

May 31, 2018 Censorship, Speech, Top Stories
Banned Political Signs In Subdivisions Could Change Under Bill passed by Missouri lawmaker

Banned Political Signs In Subdivisions Could Change Under Bill passed by Missouri lawmaker

May 14, 2018: If signed by Governor Eric Greitens, the measure will prohibit agreements that bar political signage Homeowners’ associations in Missouri may soon lose the power to prohibit political signs posted on lawns. A bill recently passed by the state legislature prevents such actions by homeowner associations, thus promoting political speech during campaigns. The Governor of Missouri will now consider the bill. See[Read More…]

May 30, 2018 Censorship, Top Stories
School Committee Hit With Lawsuit For Limiting Public Comment

School Committee Hit With Lawsuit For Limiting Public Comment

April 24, 2018: Parents Sue, Claim Policy Limits Free Speech The ACLU is helping two Massachusetts parents who are suing their town’s school committee for its “Public Speak” policy after the committee tried to silence their concerns in a meeting. See More: Mapping First Amendment Conflicts

May 30, 2018 Censorship, Top Stories
Are Media Blackouts the New Norm?

Are Media Blackouts the New Norm?

Gag orders or standard practice of administrations in transition?

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