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#FreeSpeech in the News: May 30, 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 - this week.

 

“The university proudly supports Shuping’s right to share her views and her unique perspectives, and we commend her on lending her voice on this joyous occasion.”

Chinese students abused for praising ‘fresh air of free speech’ in US, The Guardian

 

“On Sunday, after a candle-lit vigil and strong words from the city’s mayor the night before, ‘alt-right’ organizers refused to back away from a planned ‘free speech rally’ in downtown Portland on Sunday 4 June.”

Portland knife attack: tension high as ‘free speech rally’ set for weekend, The Guardian

 

“Too often, students’ basic freedoms are being suppressed in an attempt to appease a vocal minority for whom no middle ground exists.”

We cannot stifle our freedom of speech, The Hill

 

“Free speech does not mean that people aren’t allowed to be offended by or disagree with what you say.”

Stop Using Free Speech As An excuse To Be Awful, Huffpost

 

“The motivation is just to ensure there truly is free speech on our campuses in California.” 

Frustrated with campus discourse limits, California Republicans take on ‘free speech zones’, Los Angeles Times

 

“Policies securing free speech need to be enforced, and they need to be enforced in a serious and evenhanded manner.”

Campus Double Standards Mean Free-Speech Laws Are Just A Start, National Review

 

“So the fact that, in 2016, we saw 42 attempts to get speakers disinvited, both commencement and otherwise - we didn't consider that a good trend.”

Free Speech Advocate On The State of College Campuses, NPR

 

“I would soon feel another kind of fresh air for which I will be forever grateful. The fresh air of free speech. Democracy and free speech should not be taken for granted. Democracy and freedom are the fresh air that is worth fighting for.”

A Chinese student praised the ‘fresh air of free speech’ at a U.S. college. Then came the backlash., The Washington Post

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