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 – in the past week.
"The current court interprets the First Amendment more expansively in many ways than it did in the past," said Rebecca Tushnet, an expert on the First Amendment who teaches at Harvard Law School. Although First Amendment claims have long had more "charisma" than other constitutional claims, "the gap may be getting even bigger," she said.
“Lozman then sued Riviera Beach, claiming his arrest at a 2006 city council meeting violated the First Amendment's free speech guarantee because it was in retaliation for opposing a marina redevelopment plan and accusing council members of corruption.”
Florida man's free-speech case makes it to U.S. Supreme Court, Orlando Sentinel
“The Boston-area school says it will no longer stage a premiere of the play ‘Buyer Beware’ after some students and alumni alleged that the play contains racist language and themes.”
“I’m not talking about hate speech or falsely shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded theater. I’m talking about posting basic opinions, or disagreeing with the government, or questioning government leaders, or even posting a bad joke. Our Constitutional right to express ourselves is far from a universal right or a universal value.”
In his Facebook post on Wednesday, Nehls said that he wanted to talk to the owner of the truck and that prosecutors may charge the owner with disorderly conduct.
“The ‘Rally for the Republic’ event was held by conservative groups Resist Marxism and Boston Free Speech despite being denied a permit by the city.”
“Twitter's verification program put the company at the center of another political headache this week, with the social media giant stuck between liberals who demand stricter rules about hate speech and misinformation and conservatives who fear the site will target them for their political views.”