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#FreeSpeech in the News: Oct. 24, 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 other words, one thing threatening freedom of expression on campus is the ‘free speech’ crusade’ itself.”

The Conservatives Behind the Campus ‘Free Speech’ Crusade, The American Prospect

 

“Facebook, the social media site, is squarely in the middle of a tussle over free speech and hate speech this election cycle.”

Trump and Facebook: Where is the line between free speech and hate speech?, The Christian Science Monitor

 

“In response to Citizens United, the Democratic party has attempted something truly remarkable and flatly insane: the repeal of the First Amendment.”

Hillary and the Book-Burners, National Review

 

“To make the case that the First Amendment is still an avenue for full participation in society, Herbst said that university administrators and faculty need to ‘meet students where they are – and that’s on social media.’”

Are Universities No Longer “Bastion of Free Expression”?, Newseum Institute

 

“In this podcast, Mr. McCraw (who describes the experience of becoming an overnight media sensation as ‘mystifying and a little mortifying’) talks about libel law, The New York Times and Mr. Trump’s threatened lawsuit.”

Times Lawyer on Donald Trump, Free Speech and the Digital Frontier, The New York Times

 

“I think society is becoming dangerously suspended between the right and the left, and our capacity of having a discussion about such things is wearing thin. And that is not good. It’s seriously not good.”

Free speech clashes with gender identity, Toronto Sun

 

“Even if something is disturbing and offensive, there is a certain latitude in this country for saying things… I’m worried about the government, instead of acting out of strict prosecutorial and ethical constraints, if they are trying to make an example out of somebody.”

Free speech advocates fear chilling effect after anti-cop rant draws terrorism charge, The Washington Times

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