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New Survey on Free Expression On College Campuses Reveals Gender, Race, And Religion Divisions

New Survey on Free Expression On College Campuses Reveals Gender, Race, And Religion Divisions

May 13, 2019: Recent survey of college students reveals gender, race, sexual orientation, and religion divides in attitudes about hate speech. The Knight Foundation released a new report, “Free Expression on College Campuses,” that examines students’ views on topic like hate speech and inclusion. In conjunction with College Pulse, a mobile-first polling platform, Knight surveyed 4,407 full-time college students enrolled[Read More…]

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

Public Official Sued For Blocking Constituent on Twitter and Facebook

A Colorado state senator is being sued for blocking a constituent on social media. Anne Landman is suing Republican Senator Ray Scott after he banned her from his official Twitter and Facebook accounts two years ago. “Sen. Scott censored me for being a critical constituent. Yet, he’s allowed his like-minded followers to ridicule me on his page and retain their right to speak freely,” Landman said in a statement. “This doesn’t feel like democracy. This feels like hypocrisy and punishment for having a different point of view.”

May 14, 2019 Censorship, Top Stories, Uncategorized
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with the Governor of Missouri Mike Parson as he arrives in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Missouri Auditor Wants Clarification On Governor’s Use Of First Amendment To Hide Public Information

May 7, 2019: Can The First Amendment Be Used To Redact Information?  Missouri’s State Auditor is asking the attorney general to decide whether Governor Mike Parson broke the law when redacting information from public records requests. Nicole Galloway, the state auditor, cited recent reports in which the governor’s office wielded the First Amendment as a reason for withholding personal contact[Read More…]

May 13, 2019 Speech, Top Stories
Police officers in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Police Raid Violated Reporter’s First Amendment Rights, Attorney Says

Police raided the home and office of a San Francisco freelance videographer in connection with an investigation over a leaked police report. The freelancer, Bryan Carmody, had received the leaked report which included salacious details of the events surrounding the sudden death of San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi. First Amendment advocates contend that the search violates California Shield Law.

May 13, 2019 Top Stories, Uncategorized
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Sticker Shock: Charges Dropped Against Man Arrested For “Obscene” Car Decal

May 10, 2019: He is Now Threatening to Sue the Sheriff’s Office  A Florida man who was arrested for refusing to alter a car decal a deputy claimed was “obscene” will not be prosecuted, officials said yesterday. Dillon Shane Webb was arrested and charged earlier this week by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office for violating Florida’s obscenity law for having[Read More…]

May 13, 2019 Speech, Top Stories
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Panama City, Florida, U.S., May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

PEN America Rebuts Trump’s Motion To Dismiss Suit Over First Amendment Violations

  May 10, 2019: PEN America’s Ongoing Suit Against President Trump for Silencing Critics PEN America filed its response to a motion to dismiss filed on April 10 by the Department of Justice on behalf of President Trump. In October 2018, PEN America sued Trump, claiming that the repeatedly violated the First Amendment by retaliating against speech that is critical[Read More…]

May 13, 2019 Top Stories
School Newspaper Publishes Controversial Story At The Center Of Free Speech Debate

School Newspaper Publishes Controversial Story At The Center Of Free Speech Debate

    May 3, 2019: School Newspaper Publishes Story That Was the Subject of a Free Speech Debate  On Friday May 3, a student high school newspaper in Stockton, California published an article about an 18 year-old student who worked in the porn industry. The Lodi Unified School District had earlier threatened to discipline—and perhaps even fire—the paper’s faculty adviser if[Read More…]

May 6, 2019 Prior Restraints, Top Stories
Gene Policinski Commentary: Journalists May Be Stuck With Assange’s First Amendment Defense

Gene Policinski Commentary: Journalists May Be Stuck With Assange’s First Amendment Defense

The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment expert, Gene Policinski, originally published this commentary on April 18, 2019, on the Newseum blog, and has given First Amendment Watch permission to reprint. For the latest news on the indictment of Julian Assange, click on the box below. For an in depth examination of WikiLeaks’ history and legal cases, click on the box below.[Read More…]

May 3, 2019 Press, Top Stories
Alex Jones of Infowars walks through the halls of the U.S. Senate's Dirksen Senate office building in Washington, D.C. September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Facebook Bans Alex Jones and Other Controversial Figures for Promoting Hate Speech and Violence

Facebook is banning some controversial, well-known figures for violating the social media giant’s policies on hate speech and promoting violence. The list includes Sandy Hook-denier Alex Jones, right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, conspiracy theorists Laura Loomer and Paul John Watson, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who promotes anti-Semitic views, and Paul Nehlen, a white nationalist who ran for Congress in 2018.

May 2, 2019 Social Media, Top Stories
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Book Talk Interrupted by White Nationalist Group At Popular D.C. Bookstore

April 27, 2019: Saturday’s Demonstration was Brief and Non-Violent, but More Violent Incidents Are Taking Place At Book Stores and Libraries Across the Country A group of white nationalists disrupted an author’s book talk at a Washington, D.C. bookstore, chanting “this land is our land,” before exiting a few moments later. About a dozen men showed up unannounced at the[Read More…]

April 30, 2019 Assembly, Top Stories