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
Some US News Outlets Are Complying with an Australian Gag Order

Some US News Outlets Are Complying with an Australian Gag Order

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?

December 14, 2018 Censorship
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
The book "Unhinged" by former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman on her time in the White House administration is seen for sale in Manhattan, New York, U.S., August 14, 2018.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton   NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

Omarosa’s Publisher Says Trump Legal Team Threats Are “Hollow”

August 17, 2018: Simon & Schuster To Trump: You Have A “Bully Pulpit” At Your Disposal In response to threats made by the Trump campaign legal team, Simon & Schuster, the publisher of Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House by Omarosa Manigault-Newman, says they acted well within their rights and will continue to publish the book on schedule. The[Read More…]

August 30, 2018 Below the Fold, Censorship, Speech, Threats
Former CIA Director John Brennan departs from a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing evaluating the Intelligence Community Assessment on "Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections" on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2018.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Trump Revokes Former CIA Director’s Security Clearance

August 21, 2018: Trump Hints At Criticism As Reason For Revoking Brennan’s Clearance In A Tweet President Trump implied that the reasoning behind why he revoked John Brennan’s security clearance is because of criticism, noting in a tweet that Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper “is being nice” to him to keep his clearance. Even James Clapper has admonished John[Read More…]

August 23, 2018 Below the Fold, Censorship, Speech, Threats
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault (R) attend a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Are White House NDAs Legal? Experts Weigh In.

  Former Trump aide and “The Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault Newman’s public dispute with President Trump following her book release publicity tour raises questions about the legality of White House employees signing non-disclosure agreements and challenges the extent of government transparency in this administration. President Trump’s campaign organization filed for arbitration, claiming that Marigault-Newman breached an NDA that she signed when[Read More…]

Immigration activist Ravi Ragbir leads a protest outside of a federal building in New York, U.S., February 1, 2018.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Immigration Activist Appeals Deportation Order, Arguing 1st Amendment Rights [Exclusive Video]

August 14, 2018: Following Oral Arguments, Ragbir And Protestors Publicly Recite First Amendment  Immigration activist Ravi Ragbir asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to temporarily block the government from deporting him while he argues that his First Amendment rights were violated in a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The lawsuit claims that ICE attempted to[Read More…]

August 15, 2018 Censorship, Speech, Top Stories
FILE PHOTO: Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

War of Words: Alex Jones Removed, Banned From Major Content Platforms

September 6, 2018: Last holdout: Twitter Finally Permanently Bans Alex Jones, InfoWars Accounts Alex Jones and InfoWars Twitter accounts have been permanently removed from the platform following a live-streamed confrontation on Periscope between CNN’s Oliver Darcy and Alex Jones on Capital Hill, where Jones ranted at Darcy and about Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey who was on the Hill for congressional[Read More…]

Ballard Spahr: D.C. Circuit Holds That Transit Authority Is Permitted to Reject Religious Advertisements

Ballard Spahr: D.C. Circuit Holds That Transit Authority Is Permitted to Reject Religious Advertisements

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled earlier this week that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) did not violate the First Amendment when it refused to run an advertisement from the Archdiocese of Washington. The court’s decision—in particular, the reasoning it employed—may have significant ramifications for how[Read More…]

August 7, 2018 Censorship, Speech, Top Stories