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Want to know what is on our minds? Find blog posts written here, by the City Club staff, members, and partners. Every week you can find a new edition of #FreeSpeech in the News — a collection of related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century that’s making the news. You’ll also find takes on current events, past forums, and issues surrounding Northeast Ohio. Read on for all things City Club.

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Monday, August 08, 2016

#FreeSpeech in the News: August 8, 2016

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news - and what you should know about - this week.


First, social media make it easy for anyone to publish anything to a potentially global audience. This is a huge boost for freedom of speech, and has led to a vast increase in the volume of material published. But when words and pictures move so rapidly across borders, conflict often results.”

The Muzzle Grows Tighter, The Economist

At the University of Houston, a public school, the faculty senate has issued a set of recommendations suggesting that faculty “may want to be careful discussing sensitive topics”  or “drop certain topics from your curriculum” as a result of the law, feeding critics' concerns that concealed weapons in classrooms will harm students' education and freedom of speech.”

Texas expands campus concealed carry, overriding free speech concerns, CSMonitor.com

“Freedom of speech, he said, is not an ‘intuitive’ concept, and Americans take its benefits for granted. ‘I think everyone understands that they have a free-speech right, but they don’t necessarily understand why you should have one.’”

Fighting for Free Speech on America’s Campuses, NYTimes.com

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