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Video: Charles Haynes on Recent State Religious Freedom Laws

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In response to recent religious exemption laws that jeopardize LGBT rights, religious liberty expert Charles Haynes proposes common ground.
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First Five: Our watchdog on government, Europe’s web privacy rules, schools help police with students’ social media

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With Bible bill vetoes, governors uphold religious freedom


The culture wars took an expected turn this month when two Republican governors vetoed “Bible bills” in the reliably red states of Idaho and Tennessee.
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World Press Freedom Remained Low in 2015

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The percentage of the world’s population that has access to a free press remained at its lowest point in more than a decade in 2015, according to an annual report released by Freedom House.
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CQS 25th Anniversary Tribute: Simone Weichselbaum


CQS tribute: After reporting for more than a decade, the police beat still calls to Simone Weichselbaum (CQS 2001).
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Is our “watchdog on government” losing its bite?

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What a shame if this were the generation in which — for whatever reasons — that once-strong watchdog were to become little more than a show poodle.
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Getting ‘SLAPP’d’ for getting involved — new protections considered


Retaliatory lawsuits that seek mainly to punish are a misuse of legal remedies intended to repair the reputations of those wrongly damaged, produce truthful information or spur government response – not to be a tactic to punish public participation.
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A Celebration of Free Expression

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At the inaugural Newseum Free Expression Awards, honorees shared inspirational words about their work in the face of threats and oppression.
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CQS 25th Anniversary Tribute: Eric Bailey


A story about the use of Indian mascot names in sports has special meaning for Eric Bailey.
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First Five: The Panama Papers and the need for journalists, American tolerance, North Carolina’s LGBTQ law, and the business of censorship in China

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