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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Speaking your mind, when free speech has consequences

An ESPN reporter called Trump a white supremacist, and the White House suggested she be fired. Thanks to the First Amendment, ESPN gets the final say.
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Podcast: Treading on Sacred Ground

Does freedom of religion protect sites that are sacred to Native Americans? In this episode of The First Five, we talk to the attorney for the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe in the Dakota Access Pipeline litigation.
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Times-Palin ruling good for free speech, press

Sarah Palin

The court’s decision upholds First Amendment laws that protect not only journalists, but also members of the public who express political opinions.
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Chips Quinn Scholars Cover Hurricane Harvey

Several Chipsters are covering the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey, and this week’s CQS newsletter showcases their stories and photographs.
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Jeff Herbst Steps Down as Newseum President and CEO

Newseum

The museum begins a strategic review to evaluate its finances and identify new ways to execute its mission.
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Podcast: Call It What You Want

Mary Louise Serafine

Is requiring someone to have a license to call themselves a certain type of professional — like a psychologist — a violation of freedom of speech? In this episode of The First Five, we talk to the woman who brought this argument to court.
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Let Them March

Jeffrey Herbst

Newseum President and CEO Jeffrey Herbst responds to the attempts to suppress alt-right speech, assembly in wake of Charlottesville protests.
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Podcast: The Charlottesville Protests

Charlottesville protesters

In this episode, we discuss the events that transpired at the white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville. How should we balance hateful messages and threats to public safety against the rights to free speech and free assembly?
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‘Freedom’ is best response to white supremacy hatemongers

Charlottesville protesters

Attempts to censor neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups is a betrayal of our nation’s core principles — not to mention ineffective and counterproductive.
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