#FreeSpeech in the News: Oct. 4, 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.


“Years later, the sanctity of free speech in our country is hardly guaranteed – at least not on our college campuses, where freedom of expression and the free flow of ideas should incubate discovery and learning.”

It’s time to free speech on campus again, The Boston Globe


“The newest front in the fight for free speech is in my home state of South Dakota. This November, we’ll vote on Initiated Measure 22, a ballot measure that–if passed–would require South Dakotans giving money to any cause deemed ‘political speech’ to report their spending to the state government.”

Escalating The War On Free Speech: South Dakota’s Measure 22, Forbes


“There is on social media an upswing of people advocating for the First Amendment, but I’m not so sure it means what they think it means.”

Your Free Speech Does Not Eclipse Mine: The Problem of Harassment as an Accepted Form of Expression, The Huffington Post


“His tweet, she wrote, ‘was an exercise of his First Amendment rights.’ He will not be disciplined.”

‘Run them down’ tweet during Charlotte protests was free speech, law schools says, The News Tribune


“In January 2015, King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan marched in Paris with other world leaders to pay tribute to the murdered cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo and to stand up for freedom of expression. Less than two years later, when Nahed Hattar, a 56-year-old Jordanian writer from a Christian family, shared a cartoon on his Facebook page that some perceived to be mocking God, the Jordanian government swiftly ordered his arrest and charged him with ‘insulting religious belief and sentiment.’”

A Free-Speech Fatality, The New York Times


“Under the First Amendment, the government doesn’t get to decide what words are too disparaging to merit legal protections.”

The Supreme Court Takes Case That Will Decide the Fate of the Redskins Trademark, Slate


“Members of the academic community have the right to extensive latitude in making their opinions known… The public exploration and resolution of differing views can be successful only when groups and individuals discuss the issues in forums where the right to disagree, speak freely and be heard is preserved.”

Nebraska president: School won’t restrict free speech of players, Yahoo! Sports

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