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#FreeSpeech in the News: May 8, 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.

 

“Targeting government and states, portraying the authorities and the media as antagonists in the interests of certain groups is not independent journalism.”

Do state interest trump ‘free speech’?, Aljazeera

 

“These characters might not ‘deserve’ free speech, but they are entitled to it. Rights are not earned by the righteousness of one’s values.”

Burst your bubble: five conservative takes on free speech, The Guardian

 

“A public interest defence should be created to protect journalists and whistleblowers who disclose secret information that reveals serious criminal activity or widespread breaches of human rights, an alliance of free speech organisations has said.”

Free speech groups call for public interest defence for whistleblowers, The Guardian

 

“I strongly condemn use of counter-terrorism legislation with penal sanctions against individuals peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression, as well as freedom of religion or belief and freedom of peaceful association and assembly.”

UN accuses Saudi Arabia of using terror laws to suppress free speech, The Guardian

 

“It might be easy to label ‘Millennials’ as the problem, but that’s not only naïve, it’s completely wrong.”

Don’t blame Millennials for free speech crisis on college campuses, The Hill

 

“This resolution, which the faculty unanimously endorsed at a recent faculty meeting, states that the freedom to express different opinions and ask questions, even ones that ‘most members of the College may consider mistaken, dangerous, or even despicable,’ is vital to academic discourse.”

Faculty endorses free speech resolution, The Kenyon Collegian

 

“Students have every right to show up in support of a white nationalist public rally, but they don’t have the right to shout threats toward their classmates.”

Does free speech allow students to post racists images of their classmates online?, Los Angeles Times

 

“I initially covered that finding as though it were alarming, but when I looked around at other past surveys of Americans’ views on free speech, it was clear that the 40 percent number wasn’t an outlier.”

What If College Students Have the Same Views on Free Speech As Everyone Else?,  New York Magazine

 

“The yawning gap between universities' role as citadels of free inquiry and the ugly reality of campus censorship is often the fault of administrators who share the progressive belief that universities must restrict speech to protect the sensitivities of minorities and women."

States Consider Legislation To protect Free Speech On Campus, NPR

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