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#FreeSpeech in the News: August 28, 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]t is clear that western liberalism, as well as left-liberalism in the United States, is under attack from people who see the First Amendment as a political weapon and not a sacred principle.”

When ‘free speech’ becomes a political weapon, Washington Post

 

“Berkeley has been shadowed by doubts over its commitment to freedom of expression since February, when a planned speech on campus by the far right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos was canceled in the wake of violent protests.”

California Today: Berkeley’s New Chancellor and a ‘Free Speech Year,’ The New York Times

 

“Yet even now, at the bottom of the slippery slope, a broad reading of the First Amendment is still the framework that best protects ethnic and religious minority groups.”

The Most Shortsighted Attack on Free Speech in Modern U.S. History, The Atlantic

 

“White nationalist Richard Spencer's free speech fight against Google, Facebook and other tech companies has some unlikely support from the left.”

Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet, NPR

 

“Just because you’re legally permitted to say what you want doesn’t mean it’s socially or morally acceptable to subject other humans to racist rants.”

Is Free Speech an Absolute Right, or Does Context Matter?, The New York Times

 

“Sometimes the police are criticized for acting too quickly. That happened in Phoenix on Tuesday night, when police used tear gas, flash-bangs and other methods to disperse people who had come to protest against President Trump.”

Police Struggle To Balance Public Safety With Free Speech During Protests, NPR

 

“It was expected to be another volatile clash between right-wing activists and counterprotesters. But by Saturday afternoon, the activists were scarce in San Francisco and hundreds of locals had taken to the streets for festive demonstrations and ‘victory’ marches.”

San Francisco marchers celebrate canceled 'free speech' rally, CNN

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