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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, January 09, 2017

#FreeSpeech in the News: Jan. 9, 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.

“It doesn’t make much sense to wait until a civil right or settled norm is attacked so pervasively that a large portion of the population has suffered harm before defending it.”

The Value of Fighting Attacks on Free Speech Early and Often, The Atlantic

“The suppression of noxious ideas does not defeat them; only vigorous disagreement can counter toxic speech effectively.”

Free-speech groups defend publication of Milo Yiannopoulos memoir, The Guardian

“The attack on Charlie Hebdo and the general climate for free speech in Europe serve as warning of where we could be if we don’t defend free speech.”

Charlie Hebdo two years later: Will America continue to protect free speech?, The Hill

“Policy makers who accuse students of weakening campus speech should lead by example. Free speech on campus has survived and will survive challenges from students and other members of civil society. Its fate is much less certain when the government decides to censor discomforting views.”

Who’s Really Placing Limits on Free Speech?, The New York Times

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