#FreeSpeech in the News: September 18, 2017

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.


“We protect speech because of its effects. If speech had no effects, it wouldn’t be a fundamental right. Those effects can be positive but they can also be very negative. Speech can cause enormous harm.”

The Free Speech-Hate Speech Trade-Off, The New York Times


“Nearly half of the millennials polled in a recent University of Chicago survey say that colleges should limit freedom of speech ‘in extreme cases,’ like slurs and other intentionally offensive language and costumes that stereotype certain racial and ethnic groups.”

Half of Millennials Support Colleges Restricting Free Speech ‘In Extreme Cases’, Fortune


“The most conspicuously organized presence on today’s anti-free speech college stage is Antifa, whose expansive definition of who and what is ‘Nazism’ extends to just about everyone to the right of Bernie Sanders.”

Is Free Speech Really Challenged on Campus?, The Atlantic


“Yiannopoulos is scheduled to appear every single day. Other prominent speakers include Bannon; Ann Coulter, whose planned appearance at UC Berkeley fell through two days before; and right-wing InfoWars radio show host Mike Cernovich.”

Full speaker list released for ‘Free Speech Week’ at UC Berkeley, The Daily Californian


“But the campus was on near-lockdown in what officials called ‘unprecedented’ security, with a half-mile perimeter of concrete barriers and a ‘highly visible’ police presence.”

Berkeley allows free speech — by going on lockdown, New York Post

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