First Amendment News

Podcast: Hate Will Find A Way

On this episode of the First Five, we explore different approaches that social media platforms have used to deal with online hate speech.

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Belle Plaine, Minnesota Believes in Religious Freedom–But Maybe Not for Satanists

Inside the First Amendment

A town in Minnesota opens its park up as a free speech and religion zone.
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Is Hate Speech Violent By Nature?

Northeaster University Professor scientifically studies how hate speech is imminently violent no matter what words are used or the context it’s given.
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Full 4th Circuit Invalidates Legislator-Led Prayer, Could Lead to Supreme Court Review

The 4th and 5th Circuits disagree on whether legislator-led prayers before public meetings violate the Establishment Clause.
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Seattle’s New Public Campaign Funding Plan Meets Conservative Pushback

Seattle’s “Democracy Voucher” program aims to empower voters and encourage campaign participation. Despite initial success, it faces accusations that it violates freedoms of speech.
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Podcast: The Band Who Must Not Be Named

The Slants

In this episode of The First Five we talk to Simon Tam, founder of Asian-American band “The Slants,” and his free speech case that went all the way to the Supreme Court.
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Is a noise complaint a violation of free expression?

Small town restricts naval officer from playing Taps daily.
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First Amendment Receives a C+ in Quarterly ‘Report Card’

First Amendment Report Card

The report card, released by the First Amendment Center of the Newseum Institute, evaluates the state of the First Amendment in the summer of 2017.
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How Much is Too Much?

“Free Speech on Campus” Conference

UC Berkeley spends nearly $900,000 on managing protests against controversial campus speakers.
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Social Media Strikes Back

A federal judge bans U.S. Government from restricting Twitter from publishing so-called “classified” information–the surveillance warrants Twitter itself received from the government.
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