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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, February 13, 2017

#FreeSpeech in the News: Feb. 13, 2017

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.

“He repeatedly has interpreted libel law in light of the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech, rejecting claims based on small mistakes in the offending material.”

Supreme Court Nominee Has Defended Free Speech, Religion, ABC News

“We don’t like Breitbart, but products are speech and we are pro free speech.”

Shopify Won’t Remove Breitbart’s Online Shop, Claiming Free Speech, Fortune

Thus: at a panel about freedom of speech and growing threats to it – not least from Islamists – UCLA students and school administrators tried to ban a book that highlights the importance of free speech, the persistent failure to confront Islamic totalitarianism, and that movement's global assaults on free speech.”

UCLA banned my book on Islam from a free speech event, The Hill

“Speech has consequences, and in general, our rights stop when our method of exercising them hurts over people.”

When Free Speech Turns Into Harassment, It Isn’t Okay or Legal, The Huffington Post

“It is really about making them understand the danger they pose by treating these insane neo-Nazi ideas cavalierly… People talk a lot about ‘freedom of speech’ and I think this fetish of speech misses the larger point. It is about ideas of freedom itself. Who has it, and who is denied it.”

Berkeley Riots: How Free Speech Debate Launched Violent Campus Showdown, Rolling Stone

“We’ve heard stories from many students that are honestly on the conservative side that have those issues stifled in the classroom… We just want to ensure our public universities allow all types of speech.”

Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos inspires Tennessee ‘free speech’ bill, USA Today

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