#FreeSpeech in the News: Oct. 10, 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.


“In an era where free speech is under assault on campuses and across this country, this case has the potential to expand free speech rights into an area formerly considered commercial speech.”

‘The Slants’ Bang Drum of Free Speech at Supreme Court,


“The arrest of the CEO of Backpage, an adult classifieds website, has drawn criticism from sex workers and first amendment advocates who argue that the prosecution violates free speech protections and could do more harm than good.”

Backpage CEO’s arrest hurts free speech and sex workers’ rights, advocates day, The Guardian


“’They’ve never been anywhere to see what the rest of the world hasn’t got and what we have: It’s called freedom,” Mr. Blair said. ‘We don’t agree with it, but we can’t stop it.’”

Protest Started by Colin Kaepernick Spreads to High School Students, The New York Times


“On this day in 1917 [Oct. 6], Sen. Robert La Follette, (R-Wis.) gave one of the most memorable speeches of his long Senate career – a defense of the right to free speech in times of war. Although his three-hour address eventually came to be widely admired, as the time it help launch a Senate investigation into his possible treasonable conduct.”

Sen. La Follette defends free speech in wartime: Oct. 6, 1917, Politico

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