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#FreeSpeech in the News: Nov. 7, 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.

 

“The boundaries between free speech and hate speech have always been blurry. But they’re coming under scrutiny in many liberal democracies as a new crop of nativist, populist politicians reject the polite discourse of political elites and argue that globalization has undermined national identity and national sovereignty.”

Should Calling for ‘Fewer Moroccans’ Be Considered Hate Speech?, The Atlantic

 

“In the end, instead of connecting the world by empowering everyone with a voice, could social media ultimately lead to the demise of freedom of speech, globally as it seals the internet off into a few walled gardens run as absolute dictatorships that enforce a single global standard of acceptable speech defined by the lowest common denominator?”

Has Social Media Killed Free Speech?, Forbes

 

“Freedom of speech is the foundation of a vibrant democracy, in the absence of which other fundamental rights, including the right to vote, would be redundant.”

In defence of free speech & questioning, The Times of India

 

“The European Union’s foreign policy chief recently affirmed the right of EU citizens to boycott Israel, citing freedom of expression and rebuffing claims by Jerusalem that such measures amount to banned anti-Semitic activity.”

EU declares Israel boycott protected as free speech, The Times of Israel

 

“’First of all, we live in a country that respects free speech,’ Obama said. ‘Second of all, it looks like maybe he might have served in our military and we ought to respect that. Third of all, he was elderly and we got to respect out elders. And fourth of all, don’t boo. Vote!”

Watch Obama defend a Trump supporter’s rights at a Clinton rally, The Washington Post

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