Threats

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
Are WikiLeaks’ Actions Protected by the First Amendment?

Are WikiLeaks’ Actions Protected by the First Amendment?

On April 11, 2019 Julian Assange was expelled from the Ecuador embassy in London, and was indicted by the U.S. government on computer intrusion charges. While Assange was not charged with publishing government secrets, some critics are concerned that the government might expand the charges once Assange is on U.S. soil.

April 23, 2019 Leaks, Threats, Top Stories
Demonstrators deploy a model of a U.S. drone aircraft at the "Stop Watching Us: A Rally Against Mass Surveillance" near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, October 26, 2013.   REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CIVIL UNREST)

Gene Policinski Commentary: A Growing List: 2019 Threats To First Amendment Freedoms

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on January 11, 2019, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           First Amendment threats and defenses have, for much of the past 100 years, largely focused on protecting individual speech — the rights of any one of[Read More…]

January 14, 2019 Threats, Top Stories
“Guardians” of the Truth Are TIME Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year

“Guardians” of the Truth Are TIME Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year

  December 11, 2018: The Magazine Created Four Covers to Recognize Four Sets of Journalists Across the World Who Pursued Truth in the Face of Danger Slain, imprisoned, and threatened journalists are the 2018 TIME Magazine‘s Person of the year.   The list includes Jamal Khashoggi, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, Maria Ressa and the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, MD.[Read More…]

December 12, 2018 Press, Threats, Top Stories
Human rights activists and friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold his pictures during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Knight Institute Sues Intelligence Agencies Over Release Of Records Around Threats To Khashoggi

November 20, 2018: The Lawsuit Is In Response to a FOIA Request For Documents That Have Not Been Disclosed The Knight First Amendment Institute is suing U.S. intelligence agencies to learn if they complied with a “duty to warn” journalist Jamal Khashoggi about threats to his life. When an intelligence agency becomes aware of a threat of kidnapping or murder,[Read More…]

November 21, 2018 Press, Threats, Top Stories
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
A member of the New York Police Department bomb squad is pictured outside the Time Warner Center in the Manhattan borough of New York City after a suspicious package was found inside the CNN Headquarters in New York, U.S., October 24, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Gene Policinski Commentary: You Think Bombs Will Deter, Discourage And Destroy Freedom? Think Again.

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on October 26, 2018, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           We — all of us, Americans and others around the world — will not be silenced by bombs, bombast or even murder. The lowlife(s) behind the[Read More…]

October 31, 2018 Threats, Top Stories
Human rights activists and friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold his pictures during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Gene Policinski Commentary: The Whereabouts Of Missing Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Should Concern Us All

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on October 10, 2018, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint.           Journalist Jamal Khashoggi is missing — and the world does not know if he is alive or dead. That there is no answer yet is, in itself,[Read More…]

October 11, 2018 Press, Threats, Top Stories
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