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#FreeSpeech in the News: Nov. 14, 2016

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.

 

“We believe websites, especially social media sites, must open the floodgates for internet-based free speech in the U.S.”

Free speech could fix the online world, The Courier

 

“The new inquiry will look at whether sections 18C and 18D impose unreasonable restrictions on free speech.”

Government to launch ‘free speech’ inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, The Guardian

 

“As the country limps into Election Day, a federal court in New York City will be the latest court to weigh in on the question of whether a voter can take a selfie in the voting booth and then disseminate that photo on social media.”

The Ballot Selfie And The First Amendment, The Huffington Post

 

“In many cases, what some students saw as hate speech, university leaders and free speech advocates saw as protected speech.”

Free Speech in Contentious Times, Insider Higher Ed

 

“’I’ve noticed some clubs and professors at my school are setting up safe spaces for events. One of my professors also puts ‘trigger warnings’ on assignments. But I don’t get why this is necessary. To me, college is a time to learn; the real world doesn’t give trigger warnings.”

Duke and UNC students answer questions about free speech, trigger warnings and safe spaces, PRI

 

“Take the issue of free speech. In Britain there are countless attacks on this fundamental freedom that have little or no connection to EU law.” Evangelical street preaches are routinely arrested for public preaching; peaceful campaigners have been prosecuted for holding allegedly insulting signs; and the police have started labelling wolf-whistling a ‘hate crime.’ None of this was EU-mandated.”

The European Assault on Freedom of Speech, Spiked Online

 

“He is a living, breathing and leading symbol of unfettered, unfiltered free speech.”

Donald Trump 2016 Win Was a Victory for Free Speech, U.S. News & World Report

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