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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, July 03, 2017

#FreeSpeech in the News: July 3, 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 - in the past week.

“In our politically divided nation, it is too often being left to big corporations to decide the limits of acceptable political speech.”

Juan Williams: The land of free speech, The Hill

“But libel cases can arise in surprising places. As a matter of fact, the most consequential libel case in contemporary American history, The New York Times Company v. L. B. Sullivan, was not fought over a news article or an editorial or anything else prepared by our staff.”

1964 | A Libel Suit Yields a Vigorous Defense of Free Speech, The New York Times

“Freedom of speech is such a buzzword that people can rally around… and that works really well in their favor. They’re weaponizing free speech to maintain their cultural dominance.”

Save Free Speech From Trolls, The New York Times

“Baking is creative expression, which is speech, which is constitutionally protected, as are religious beliefs, Masterpiece argues.”

If the US Supreme Court decides cake baking is free speech, it will affect more than gay weddings, Quartz

"We therefore call on the government of Myanmar to provide the necessary legal protection for journalists to work in a free and enabling environment without fear of intimidation, arrest or prosecution."

EU urges Myanmar to protect free speech after arrests of journalists, Reuters

“Whatever First Amendment value De Ritis’ statements had, those statements gave Roger adequate justification to treat him differently from a member of the public.”

Reminder from 3rd Circuit: Government lawyers’ free speech rights are restricted, Reuters

“I have taught at four universities, over a period of seven years, and I’ve never once felt frightened — annoyed, yes, even angry — but never afraid.”

There is a campus war on free speech – but it’s not being waged by “snowflake” students, Salon

“Speech is seldom criminalized. But in the 20 years since the Magna Carta decision, more questions have been raised about how much protection certain kinds of speech deserves.”

The internet’s first free speech law turns 20 but the battle rages on, ThinkProgress

“If universities continue to allow students to violently protest against speakers they disagree with, they will be conditioned to believe this behavior is acceptable, and even noble.”

Stifling free speech promotes polarization, not conversation, Washington Examiner

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