News & Commentary

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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One baby, two weddings and many new jobs

Chipsters are on a roll with new jobs, challenges and outreach. It’s all in the latest Chips Watch.
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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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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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The power of believing in someone

A Chipster describes the critical role mentors played in her success in her internship and beyond.
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Where in the World Are Our Chipsters: Atlanta and Nashville

A Chipster just became a U.S. citizen. Find out who it is by viewing the latest photo in the “Where in the World Are Our Chipsters” series. (Hint: Her assignment this summer is in Nashville, Tenn.)
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