Insulting Police Would Be A Crime Under Kentucky Bill

By Chris Walker, Truthout. -

A committee within the Kentucky State Senate has advanced a bill that would make insulting a police officer a misdemeanor crime. The proposal, which is part of a larger bill that includes a [...]

Enforcing Orthodoxy

By Patrick Lawrence, Consortium News. -

YouTube’s decision to remove a Consortium News CN Live! segment on Feb. 24 formidably takes its place among many such incidents involving numerous social media carriers and the enterprises that [...]

Students At Fordham University Fight For Their Right To Support Palestine

By Alex Kane, +972 Magazine. -

Veer Shetty wants what hundreds of other college students have: a school club that speaks out for Palestine on campus.  Shetty grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with a close Palestinian friend [...]

The Real Threat To Free Speech? Florida’s Courts

By Sun Sentinel Editorial Board. -

Gov. Ron DeSantis and some other Florida Republicans are worked up over a perceived threat to the freedom of speech of politicians, but they’re ignoring a more significant threat to the public’s [...]

Julian Assange Deserves A Nobel Peace Prize

By The Courage Foundation. -

Julian Assange has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. We think he deserves to win. There is an incredibly long list of actions that Julian has taken toward a more peaceful world. As [...]

Letter: Groups Oppose Repeal Of Overbroad Changes To Section230

By Fight for the Future. -

In the wake of this latest act of white supremacist violence directed at the U.S. Capitol, it’s more urgent than ever that lawmakers take steps to address systemic racism and injustice, and to [...]

Germany’s Anti-BDS Resolution Violates The Right To Free Expression

By Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada. -

German cultural institutions have criticized the German parliament’s anti-boycott, divestment and sanctions resolution for creating a legal gray area and undermining the right to free [...]

Draft Bill Would Eliminate Fair Use On The Internet

By Shiva Stella, Public Knowledge. -

Today, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) released a discussion draft of a bill that would “update” the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The language in this draft, if enacted, would radically overhaul the [...]

Assange Hearing Outcome Could Set An “Alarming Precedent” For Free Speech

By Benjamin Lynch, Index on Censorship. -

Assange’s partner, Stella Moris, is remaining resolute despite his extradition hearing decision being less than a month away and him being held in a prison that has recently had a Covid-19 [...]

Biden State Media Appointee Advocated ‘Rethinking’ First Amendment

By Ben Norton, The Grayzone. -

Richard Stengel, the top state media appointee for US President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, has enthusiastically defended the use of propaganda against Americans. “My old job at the [...]

Free Speech Is More Complicated Than You Think

By Eleanor Goldfield, Art Killing Apathy. -

The truth is – words are dangerous. Words are the catalysts of all action – good or evil. To start with a cliché but solid example: words inspired millions of Germans to direct their ire [...]

Update: Abby Martin’s Lawsuit Over Israel Loyalty Oath Mandate In US

By Empire Files. -

New developments in Abby Martin's major lawsuit challenging unconstitutional pro-Israel, anti-BDS law in the state of Georgia. Abby Martin: "In February of this year, I was supposed to give a [...]

Chris Hedges: Don’t Be Fooled By The Cancel Culture Wars

By Chris Hedges, ScheerPost. -

The cancel culture — the phenomenon of removing or canceling people, brands or shows from the public domain because of offensive statements or ideologies — is not a threat to the ruling class. [...]

Pandemic: Protecting Public Health And The Right To Free Speech And Assembly

By Norman Siegel and Steven Hyman, Law.com. -

New Yorkers are allowed and encouraged to go out in the street with masks and stay at least 6 feet apart, as long as it is to stand in line to go shopping or to sit in a park, but if they are [...]

Julian Assange’s Fateful Anniversary

By Derek Royden, Nation of Change. -

On top of Assange’s individual case, the current health crisis is expanding the surveillance state in ways likely not dreamed of by authorities in most countries until this very moment. Almost [...]

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