Speech Commentary

Students Have an “Alternate Understanding” of the First Amendment

Threats to Campus Free Speech

Newseum President and CEO Jeffrey Herbst argues that students increasingly believe in the “right to non-offensive speech.”
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Trump, Fox, Kelly and the history, hype and hope of debates

The observation that should catch the attention of First Amendment advocates is Trump’s view of the purpose behind this last Republican debate before the Iowa primary, apparently shared by many, that the point of the exercise is television ratings and network profits.
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Debate over ‘blue collar’ free speech and union dues

The immediate issue before the court has to do with whether a public employee, non-union member still must pay a “fair share” of dues to the union that negotiates wages and benefits that all workers enjoy.
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What a strange year it’s been for First Amendment freedoms

The First Amendment and the power of fear

What a strange, challenging and dangerous year it’s been for First Amendment freedoms, at home and abroad.
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Celebrate ‘Free Speech Week’: Speak up, speak out!

Freedom Speaks Free Speech Week

It’s Free Speech Week 2015 — and a major debate over free speech has just broken out.
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Will the ‘Home of the Brave’ still protect free speech?

Inside the First Amendment

The invitation to draw Muhammad cartoons at the Garland “art fair” may well be worthy of criticism by those who see respect for another faith’s beliefs as a guiding concern. But such drawings, which offend Muslims who see any imagery of Muhammad as blasphemous, are protected free speech.
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Messages of hate, signs of freedom

Inside the First Amendment

Freedom of speech took a hit this week when New York City’s transit authority voted to ban all political and public-issue advertising on its buses and subways.
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A new world of ‘real video’ holds all of us accountable

Smartphone

We certainly can “see” more than ever in this era of 24/7 news, omnipresent street surveillance, police “body cams” and cell phone video – and that fits nicely into the First Amendment’s role in providing for both press and citizen “watchdogs on government.”
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Thinking about what we mean and do, when we speak

Inside the First Amendment

Who would have thought that star Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis could also throw a pretty good First Amendment “conceptual fastball” over the plate?
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Testing the limits — ours and of the law — of ‘free speech’

Inside the First Amendment

Once again, the brutal language of racism tests our commitment to free speech.
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