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.
"Governments don’t have the right to close down media outlets and criminalise speech to shut out criticism they find uncomfortable."
“Much of the social pressure that critics complain about is itself speech.”
Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?, The Atlantic
“It’s not just the hypocrisy that’s remarkable – we all ought to be worried about what these events signify for the future of free speech in America. There hasn’t yet been a law passed banning people from speaking ill of Trump, but there does appear to be a worrying trend whereby criticism of the president is slowly being stamped out for fear of the consequences.”
“Beware any time the government seeks to protect something, such as online political speech, by exerting more control or by demanding ‘greater disclosure.’”
“The dilemma is that the public debate about free speech relies on useless cliches, not on accurate information about the law.”
Actually, hate speech is protected speech, Los Angeles Times
"People on the left and the right who are free speech advocates need to come together right now and say the corporations are not going to define the first Amendment and free speech in this country."