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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 17, 2017

#FreeSpeech in the News: July 17, 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.

“[I]f progressives are concerned with ensuring a more representative faculty, if they are committed to protecting freedom of conscience and freedom of expression for women and minorities, then they need to be committed to protecting free speech across the board.”

It's Disadvantaged Groups That Suffer Most When Free Speech Is Curtailed on Campus, The Atlantic

“In Spain, you can get arrested for what you write on social media. It's one of a number of anti-terrorism laws that have netted thousands of suspects. But defenders of civil liberties say the law infringes on free speech.”

Spain Struggles To Balance National Security With Free Speech, NPR

“‘The internet is the most powerful and pervasive platform on the planet,’ said FCC chairman Tom Wheeler at the time. ‘It’s simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field.’”

The open internet is at stake. Here's why net neutrality matters, The Guardian

“Because Trump frequently turns to Twitter to make policy statements, his account qualifies as a public forum from which the government cannot exclude people on the basis of their views, according to the lawsuit.”

U.S. free-speech group sues Trump for blocking Twitter users, Reuters

“Should it ever come down to a prosecution of Donald Trump Jr., I think courts would reject these arguments.”

Donald Trump Jr.’s Free Speech Defense, Slate

“In law schools we don't just teach our students to know the weaknesses in their own arguments. We demand that they imaginatively and sympathetically reconstruct the best argument on the other side.”

Dean of Yale Law School: Campus Free Speech Is Not Up for Debate, TIME

“Blocking people from receiving the ‘official statements’ of the president based on their viewpoints is patently unconstitutional.”

How President Trump Is Violating the First Amendment, Fortune

“Then there is the fact that Twitter is a private company, not a public utility. It should have a 1st Amendment right to set its own rules — even though, as professor Eugene Volokh of UCLA law school has pointed out, a federal judge has ruled that a Facebook page set up by a local government was a 'limited public forum.'”

Editorial: Trump blocking people on Twitter is childish, but it's hardly a 1st Amendment violation, Los Angeles Times

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