First Amendment News

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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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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State High Courts Can Provide Greater Free-Speech Protections

With regard to individual rights, the U.S. Constitution sits as a floor, not a ceiling.
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Pre-Trial Detainee Loses First Amendment Claim for Skype Visitation

A federal district court ruled that Florida did not violate the First Amendment by refusing Skype visitation to a pre-trial detainee.
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Dual Speech/Speech Duel: Trigger Warnings

Introducing our new feature, where we present conflicting points of view on issues related to free expression. Our first issue: trigger warnings.

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The Government Speech Doctrine: A Loophole in the First Amendment?

The government can silence expression it doesn’t like–if it can establish that the expression is “government speech.”
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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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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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The Shady Business of Regulating Shady Businesses

The 11th Circuit court of appeals recognizes the tension between a recent Supreme Court ruling and the “secondary-effects” doctrine, which allows for greater regulation of adult businesses.
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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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