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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…]

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
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Country Music Association Backtracks on Reporter Ban At Awards Gala

November 3, 2017: Under Pressure, the Country Music Association Apologies For Attempting to Silence Reporters The Country Music Association first told reporters covering the annual awards event next week that questions about “the Las Vegas tragedy, gun rights, political affiliations or topics of the like” were to be avoided. The penalty: a “security escort” out of the event. The Association[Read More…]

November 3, 2017 Access, Censorship, Top Stories
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