Podcast: Killing the Watchdog

How quickly can a despotic government dismantle a free press? In this episode of The First Five, we talk to Abdulhamit Bilici, former editor-in-chief of the largest newspaper in Turkey, now living in exile after President Erdogan’s takeover of the press and imprisonment of over 150 journalists.
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D.C. Judge Approves Warrant for Government Access to Inauguration Protesters’ Data

A D.C. judge rules in favor of government motion to seize data from website that helped organize anti-Trump protests in January.
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The Emperor’s New Climate Science

Federal environment agencies are refusing to disclose possible influence from fossil fuel companies. The new administration’s attitude towards climate science has federal employees afraid to open up to journalists.
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Wisconsin’s crackdown on Student Hecklers

“Free Speech on Campus” Conference

Wisconsin State Assembly passes a bill to crackdown on student hecklers at campus speeches. Opponents argue the measure gags freedom of speech instead of protecting it.
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SMU Prohibits a 9/11 Memorial on Dallas Hall Lawn

South Carolina Statehouse

Southern Methodist University asks students to move 9/11 memorial that has been on display in a central location on campus for the past 7 years.
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North Carolina Finalizes A New Campus Free Speech Law

The Restore Campus Free Speech Act is aimed at protecting guest speakers at state universities.
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When Religious Liberty Becomes Religious Intolerance

Jeff Session speaks to conservative Christian group about ‘religious liberty’ amidst a backdrop of escalating religious intolerance in the United States.
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Public Officials Face Off Against Social Media

More public officials are under scrutiny for blocking users from their public social media accounts.
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PA School District Protects Free Speech

A Pennsylvania town commits protecting free speech on public sidewalks after an incident where a vice principal harassed teenage protesters.
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Satan Strikes

Freedom of Religion

After the erection of a 10-foot, 300-pound satanic symbol, a park in Boca Raton decides to ban displays any and all religious displays.
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