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