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Berkeley Professor Robert Reich And Ann Coulter Agree On First AmendmentTrump's chief of staff: 'We've looked at' changing libel lawsNC push for campus 'speech rights' would limit free speechBerkeley didn't birth 'free speech,' but is trying to bury it: Jonah GoldbergThailand: Draft Media Law Threatens News ReportingBerkeley Didn't Birth 'Free Speech,' but It Seems Intent to Bury ItWhat is the Law on Campus Free Speech and What Should Berkeley—and all Universities—Do to Protect It?The Latest: Coulter Says Talk Would Have Said Enforce LawRecent Freedom of Expression Developments in ScandinaviaAnn Coulter, Berkeley and the shuttering of free speechGeorge Payne: Is freedom of speech allowed on college campuses?Bill seeks to clarify free speech protections on college campusesCampus free speech bill passes HouseUC Berkeley, birthplace of the growing anti-free speech movementFree speech advocates oppose Idaho's ag-gag law

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POINT: Conservatives exaggerate attacks on free speech rights
Daily Trojan OnlineApril 19, 2017

The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” As far as I know, Congress hasn't passed any new legislation that reduced the right to free speech, so the right still exists. It is just a matter of ...more »

On the Record: Susan Kruth, an attorney specializing in student freedom of speech
Kenyon CollegianApril 20, 2017

Susan Kruth is an attorney at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a nonpartisan organization that defends freedom of expression and due process on college campuses. On April 19, Kruth gave a talk in the Gund Gallery Community ...more »

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Berkeley Professor Robert Reich And Ann Coulter Agree On First Amendment
RealClearPoliticsApril 30, 2017

... believe in the constitution and those who don't. I think we have seen this thuggish violence at university after university after university. Mario Savio (ph), the one who stood up in the '60s and yelled free speech at Berkeley. That was free ...more »

Trump's chief of staff: 'We've looked at' changing libel laws
CNNMoneyApril 30, 2017

A top White House aide says changing libel laws is "something we've looked at" -- echoing some of President Trump's strongest anti-media rhetoric. Reince Priebus, the president's chief of staff, said during an interview on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday ...more »

NC push for campus 'speech rights' would limit free speech
News & ObserverApril 29, 2017

Madison, Jefferson, Monroe, Adams — you know those guys, the Founders — might initially applaud the idea that North Carolina legislators are standing up for free speech. Good idea, they'd say. We put that in the U.S. Constitution, don't you know ...more »

Berkeley didn't birth 'free speech,' but is trying to bury it: Jonah Goldberg
GoErie.comApril 29, 2017

In 1689, the British passed a law guaranteeing freedom of speech in Parliament. A century later, French revolutionaries incorporated into law the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which established free speech as a universal right. Two years later, the ...more »

Thailand: Draft Media Law Threatens News Reporting
Human Rights Watch (press release)April 28, 2017

“The misnamed media rights and freedom law is the junta's latest attempt to increase government interference and control of any independent news reporting,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Passage of this draft law would mean that reporters in ...more »

Berkeley Didn't Birth 'Free Speech,' but It Seems Intent to Bury It
National ReviewApril 28, 2017

Demosthenes, the Athenian rhetorician and champion of liberty, pointed out around 355 B.C. that residents of Athens were free to praise Sparta's regime, but Spartans were banned from praising Athens. In 1689, the British passed a law guaranteeing ...more »

What is the Law on Campus Free Speech and What Should Berkeley—and all Universities—Do to Protect It?
FrontPage MagazineApril 28, 2017

Berkeley has become the epicenter for this discussion, not because it is uniquely misguided about its free speech policies, but because the university has, over the last several months, repeatedly abandoned its responsibility to protect free speech ...more »

The Latest: Coulter Says Talk Would Have Said Enforce Law
U.S. News & World ReportApril 28, 2017

A demonstrator raises a U.S. flag Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Berkeley, Calif. Demonstrators gathered near the University of California, Berkeley campus amid a strong police presence and rallied to show support for free speech and condemn the views of ...more »

Recent Freedom of Expression Developments in Scandinavia
The National Law ReviewApril 27, 2017

Subsequently, the police found a number of weapons in the home of the man. The Norwegian police department for internet crime has made a special page with guidelines for legal statements on the internet. It has also set up an online page for notifying ...more »

Ann Coulter, Berkeley and the shuttering of free speech
Washington TimesApril 27, 2017

But rather than make the hard decision to clamp down on calamity, and stifle the agitators, Berkeley — the home of the 1960s free speech movement — chose to target and punish the law-abiding. And that right there is why college campuses seem to be ...more »

George Payne: Is freedom of speech allowed on college campuses?
MPNnow.comApril 27, 2017

Recently, former ACLU president and current NYU law professor Nadine Strossen was hosted by the Rochester Institute of Technology's Center for Statesmanship, Law and Liberty. In her astute and provocative address titled, “Hostile Environment Policies ...more »

Bill seeks to clarify free speech protections on college campuses
UT The Daily TexanApril 27, 2017

While the freedom of speech is protected under the Constitution, some universities across the country have implemented strict speech codes and free speech zones. The Senate's Higher Education Committee discussed Senate Bill 1151, authored by state ...more »

Campus free speech bill passes House
News & ObserverApril 26, 2017

“We ought to be abiding by the First Amendment already,” said Michael Gerhardt, a UNC constitutional law professor who earned his law degree from the University of Chicago, which crafted a statement on free speech that is cited and followed by other ...more »

UC Berkeley, birthplace of the growing anti-free speech movement
The Hill (blog)April 25, 2017

Once lauded as the “birthplace of the free speech movement,” UC Berkeley has come under attack in recent months for canceling the speeches of notable conservative writers, commentators and authors, most recently including well-known political ...more »

Free speech advocates oppose Idaho's ag-gag law
Post RegisterApril 24, 2017

Journalists, book publishers, food-safety groups and labor unions have gone to court to fight the Idaho law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at farms and other agricultural facilities. Twelve groups filed friend-of-the-court briefs ...more »

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