Speech

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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 Censorship, Speech, Top Stories
A pint of beer is poured into a glass in a bar in London, Britain June 27, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

Could a Beer Label Be Free Speech? DC Brewery Sues Government For Stalled Sales During Shutdown

January 16, 2019: The Seasonal Batch Cannot Be Sold Because Labels Were Not Government Approved Before Shutdown D.C. craft beer brewery Atlas Brew Works is suing the acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker over their inability to sell a batch of beer due to the federal shutdown, a limitation that they claim violates their First Amendment right to free speech. On[Read More…]

January 17, 2019 Speech, Top Stories
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
Ballard Spahr: MD and DC News Organizations Win Challenge To Online Political Ad Law

Ballard Spahr: MD and DC News Organizations Win Challenge To Online Political Ad Law

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr In a 50-page opinion and order issued today, a Maryland federal court ruled in favor of a coalition of Maryland and Washington, D.C.-based news organizations on their challenge to a Maryland law that would have placed significant burdens on publishers of online political advertisements. The Maryland Online Electioneering Transparency and Accountability Act (the Act),[Read More…]

January 7, 2019 Speech, Top Stories
A news stand outfitted with "Fake News" headlines for a stunt pulled off by the Columbia Journalism Review is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S., October 30, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

New Knight Study Released on The Future of the First Amendment

The Future of the First Amendment: 2018 Report of High School Students and Teachers report examines how high school students’ attitudes about the First Amendment, censorship, and the news environment are changing and what that means for the future of democracy.

December 14, 2018 News Gathering, Round-Up, Speech, Top Stories
A police officer walks up the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington March 2, 2015. The Supreme Court will hear "King v. Burwell" on March 4, a challenge on whether residents in at least 34 U.S. states are eligible for federal tax subsidies to help them buy health coverage under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.    REUTERS/Joshua Roberts    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH BUSINESS)

SCOTUS Revives First Amendment Challenge to Mandatory Bar Membership Post-Janus

December 4, 2018: Case Sent Back for Reconsideration After Janus Ruling The U.S. Supreme Court ordered the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a North Dakota lawyer’s First Amendment challenge to a nearly 30-year-old North Dakota law that obligates lawyers to to become members of a state bar association. Currently, 37 jurisdictions require bar membership as a condition to practice,[Read More…]

December 6, 2018 Below the Fold, Speech
Nazi Salute in Photo is Protected by the First Amendment, Baraboo School District Says

Nazi Salute in Photo is Protected by the First Amendment, Baraboo School District Says

Wisconsin high school students went unpunished for appearing in a pre-prom photo in what seems to be a Nazi salute. School administrators say they are protected by the First Amendment. What are the students rights to free speech?

December 4, 2018 Below the Fold, Speech
Lawsuit Against Neo-Nazi Cannot Be Dismissed on 1st Amendment Grounds

Lawsuit Against Neo-Nazi Cannot Be Dismissed on 1st Amendment Grounds

Chief Judge Dana L. Christensen November 14, 2018: Publisher’s Lawyer Says the Lawsuit is “Dangerous for Free Speech”  U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen will allow a lawsuit to proceed against Andrew Anglin, the publisher of the Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, ruling that the First Amendment does not protect him from being held responsible for unleashing a “troll storm” targeting a Jewish woman[Read More…]

November 15, 2018 Speech, Threats, Top Stories
WATCH: The Past, Present, and Future of American Free Speech 

WATCH: The Past, Present, and Future of American Free Speech 

November 11, 2018: The Past, Present, and Future of American Free Speech Watch Amy Werbel, Associate Professor of the History of Art at the Fashion Institute of Technology and author of Lust on Trial and Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU and author of HATE. Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship in conversation about free speech at the Fashion[Read More…]

November 12, 2018 Speech, Top Stories
Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his girlfriend Sandra Lee take a selfie with a woman before voting at the Presbyterian Church in Mt. Kisco, New York, U.S., November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

Exercising Selfie-Expression: Do Ballot Selfie Bans Violate the First Amendment?

  Elections look a lot different these days than they did in the past. Swag, branded hashtags, and of course, the ballot selfie. As the modern phrase goes, “picture or it didn’t happen.” But some states won’t let you take a photograph of your marked ballot. Does a ban on this form of free expression violate the First Amendment? CNN breaks[Read More…]

November 6, 2018 Speech, Top Stories