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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
First Amendment Watch Video Series: Interviews with Panelists at the National Conference at Duquesne University

First Amendment Watch Video Series: Interviews with Panelists at the National Conference at Duquesne University

First Amendment Watch spoke panelists at the National Conference on the First Amendment at Duquesne University about their areas of expertise in the First Amendment space.

Interviewees include:

Floyd Abrams, attorney, author and prominent legal authority on the First Amendment

Mary Beth Tinker, free speech plaintiff in Tinker vs. Des Moines

Sree Sreenivasan, Co-founder of Digimentors and former professor and associate dean of Columbia Journalism School

Amy Gajda, Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School

November 7, 2018 Top Stories, Videos and Podcasts
Does RT=Defamatory Endorsement? MSNBC’s Joy Reid Sued For Defamation Over a Retweet

Does RT=Defamatory Endorsement? MSNBC’s Joy Reid Sued For Defamation Over a Retweet

November 6, 2018: Could the MSNBC Host be Liable for a False Accusation in a Retweet?  MSNBC host Joy Reid is being sued for defamation for using her substantial social media presence to publish an inaccurate account that took place at a city council meeting in California. Back in June, Reid retweeted a photo of Plaintiff Roslyn La Liberte in[Read More…]

November 7, 2018 Libel, 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
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
National Conference on the First Amendment at Duquesne University

National Conference on the First Amendment at Duquesne University

The National Conference on the First Amendment: Bedrock of American Freedoms took place on Sunday October 21, 2018- Monday October 22, 2018 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. The conference was presented by Duquesne University and The Pittsburgh Foundation, in cooperation with the National Constitution Center. Agenda Speakers and Panelists View the live web-steam Sunday, October 21, 2018: Opening Session Monday, October[Read More…]

October 30, 2018 Top Stories
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio announces newly launched program aimed at providing security around schools in Anthem, Arizona, U.S. January 9, 2013. REUTERS/Laura Segall/File Photo

Ex-Sheriff Seeking $147.5 Million in Defamation Suit Against NYT

October 16, 2018: Lawsuit Claims Op-Ed Harmed Reputation, Caused Financial Damage Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio filed a lawsuit seeking $147.5 million in damages against the New York Times and a member of its editorial board over an column published by the Times on August 28 titled “Well, at Least Sheriff Joe Isn’t Going to Congress: Arpaio’s loss in Arizona’s[Read More…]

October 24, 2018 Libel, Top Stories
Judge Drops Stormy Daniels’ Defamation Suit Against Trump, Says Tweet Was Protected Under 1A

Judge Drops Stormy Daniels’ Defamation Suit Against Trump, Says Tweet Was Protected Under 1A

  October 15, 2018: The Judge Also Ordered Daniels To Pay Trump’s Legal Fees A federal judge in California dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Stormy Daniels against President Trump, ruling that the President did not defame her in a tweet he posted in April 2018. The tweet included a an image of a sketch of a man Daniels claimed[Read More…]

October 16, 2018 Libel, 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)

Ballard Spahr: What Does the “New” Supreme Court Portend for Media Lawyers?

Reprinted with Permission from Ballard Spahr Much ink has been spilled over the potential ramifications of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court across a broad range of issues—from executive power and reproductive rights to redistricting and gun control. That commentary has included multiple examinations of his likely impact on the wide spectrum of recurring First Amendment questions[Read More…]

October 11, 2018 News Gathering, 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