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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…]

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

White House Refuses to Endorse Christchurch Call, citing Free Speech Concerns

In the wake of the deadly mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country’s Prime Minister is leading an effort to stamp out extremism online. The “Christchurch Call” asks for “collective, voluntary commitments” from governments and online service providers to stop the spread of extremism. The non-binding doctrine has been signed by 18 countries, including France and Canada, and by five tech companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft. The Trump administration, however, declined to sign the Christchurch Call, citing free speech concerns.

May 16, 2019 Uncategorized
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
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
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault (R) attend a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

Are White House NDAs Legal? Experts Weigh In.

  Former Trump aide and “The Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault Newman’s public dispute with President Trump following her book release publicity tour raises questions about the legality of White House employees signing non-disclosure agreements and challenges the extent of government transparency in this administration. President Trump’s campaign organization filed for arbitration, claiming that Marigault-Newman breached an NDA that she signed when[Read More…]

Wisconsin High Court Sides With Professor In Academic Freedom Case

Wisconsin High Court Sides With Professor In Academic Freedom Case

July 6, 2018: Court Rules That Marquette University Breached Contract When Firing Professor Over Blog Post In a much awaited decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Marquette University breached its contract with a former professor after he lost his job over a critical blog post in which he wrote about how an instructor and graduate student handled a classroom[Read More…]

Oklahoma Senator Says ABC News Crossed Line With Hate Group Label

Oklahoma Senator Says ABC News Crossed Line With Hate Group Label

Did ABC News cross the line by calling the Alliance Defending Freedom a ‘hate group,’ a designation ascribed to it by the Southern Poverty Law Center last year?

August 1, 2017 Top Stories, Uncategorized
Fake News Tweets Versus Reality

Fake News Tweets Versus Reality

May/June 2017: Trump’s Fake War on the Fake News  

May 3, 2017 Uncategorized