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Georgetown Abandons Its Free-Speech Policy Over Ilya Shapiro - Dumb tweets for me, but not for thee. - by Jonathon Chait,academia
The Silenced Students in the “Free Speech” Debate

Marginalized people at universities across the country are trying to reframe the conversation around censorship and expression. Nation07/05/2022academia
Free-speech group will spend millions to promote First Amendment cases

Some backers see FIRE moving to take on fights ceded by ACLU.,aclu
George Washington University Officials Defend Clarence Thomas' Free Expression Rights amendment
FIRE announces $75 million expansion into off-campus free speech advocacy, defense
Elon Musk promotes free speech at Twitter all-hands meeting, says the media 'almost never' gets it right, musk
How Israel's Campaign Against the 'Apartheid' Label Threatens Free Speech -Sarah Leah Whitson, Palestine, apartheid, antisemitism
Trump's "free speech" platform Truth Social bans users who post footage from Jan. 6 hearings
The site professes to be a safe haven for unfettered speech – unless that speech is anti-Trump, truth social
America Has a Free Speech Problem York Times03/18/2022cancel culture
Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee

The American right has lost the plot on free speech. -By David French Atlantic04/15/2022conservative censorship, speech code
How The Dobbs Decision Will Lead To Attacks On Free Speech; Or, Why Democrats Need To Stop Undermining Free Speech - Mike Masnick, legislation
Stop Saying It's Okay To Censor Because 'You Can't Yell Fire In A Crowded Theater' - Mike Masnick, Oliver Wendell Holmes , legislation
The Bipartisan Attacks On The Internet Are Easily Understood If You Realize They Just Want To Control Speech Online - Mike Masnick, republicans, legislation
Congress Escalates Pressure on Tech Giants to Censor More, Threatening the First Amendment
In their zeal for control over online speech, House Democrats are getting closer and closer to the constitutional line, if they have not already crossed it., tech, facebook, google, gafam
What the Left Keeps Getting Wrong About Free Speech

Laugh off concerns about “cancel culture” all you want. But even recent history shows how vital free speech is to winning social justice. -Ben Burgis Beast04/02/2022core value, history, harper's letter, cancel culture
For the left, a wake-up call on free speech- Jonathan Zimmerman Hill08/03/2021blowback, republican, democrat
Sensitivity Readers Are the New Literary Gatekeepers
Overzealous gatekeeping on race and gender is killing books before they're published—or even written. -Kat Rosenberg culture, literature
Colorado school must face lawsuit by student expelled after Holocaust post, high school, legislation
Maya Forstater was discriminated against over gender-critical beliefs, tribunal rules

Researcher lost job at thinktank after tweeting that transgender women could not change their biological sex Guardian07/07/2022transgender, cancel culture, UK
Wisconsin justices block name change for transgender woman on sex offender registry

Neither the woman’s Eighth Amendment nor First Amendment rights are violated by her being banned from changing her given male name to match her gender identity, the majority said. News Service07/07/2022transgender, prison
Netflix releases Dave Chappelle's speech slamming transphobic joke critics,comedy,art,cancel culture
The Fight Over Truth Also Has a Red State, Blue State Divide

Several states run by Democrats are pushing for stiffer rules on the spread of false information, while Republican-run states are pushing for fewer rules. York Times07/09/2022democrats,, republicans, litigation
First Amendment advocates respond to a new Arizona law limiting recording of police amendment, police, arizona
Why Iowa needs a new law to protect your right to free expression on matters of public concern Moines Register07/10/2022rhetorical hyperbole, iowa, defamation
Policymakers Need To Realize How Any Internet Regulation Will Impact Speech -Mike Masnick, blasphemy, UN, tech, hate speech
James O’Keefe Doesn’t Care About Free Speech-
By Ben Burgis veritas,
State by State, We’re Making Progress Against Anti-Speech Lawsuits
By Joe Mullin Frontier Foundation07/13/2022slapp, litigation,aclu
Yet Another Court Affirms the First Amendment Right To Record Police
The Supreme Court still refuses to weigh in on the issue. by Emma Camp,police,first amendment
LAWSUIT: Professor sues University of Washington after admins punish him for ‘inappropriate’ opinion, academia
What Is Section 230 and How Is It Different Than the First Amendment?
Although they overlap, Section 230 ultimately protects more online speech than the First Amendment. -by Andy Jung 230, first amendment, musk,twitter,tech
More Than Two Thirds Of States Are Pushing Highly Controversial (And Likely Unconstitutional) Bills To Moderate Speech Online -by Mike Masnik, legislation
Push to rein in social media sweeps the states

Lawmakers in 34 red and blue states want to crack down on how online companies handle users' content. But those efforts are colliding with the First Amendment. -Rebecca Kern, legislation
As Anti-BDS Bills Become the Norm, ACLU Takes Free Speech Fight to the Supreme Court -by Jessica Buxbaum Freedom07/14/2022BDS, Israel,palestine
Twitter sues Elon Musk for pulling out of $44B deal to buy company

The action will likely set the stage for a drawn-out battle as the company seeks to have the Tesla CEO follow through pay a $1 billion break-up fee. By Myah Ward,musk,twitter
Chris Hedges, Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky, Paul Jay and Daniel Ellsberg on Assange,assange
Flight Attendant Triumphs Over TWU Union and Southwest in Suit About Illegal Firing; Jury Awards $5.1 Million in Damages,cancel culture, abortion,at-will employment
Guide: Decentralized Social Media Networks: All You Need To Know by Hassan Mehmood, tech
'Who Really Benefits From the First Amendment?'
My conversation with Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU - by Tara Henley arguments
Free speech does not equal violence: Part 1 of answers to bad arguments against free speech from Nadine Strossen and Greg Lukianoff arguments
Who Really Benefits From the First Amendment?
The purpose of free speech is to give the marginalized an escape hatch from the status quo, not to entrench political power by Nadine Strossen arguments
Former ACLU president says censoring hate speech can backfire – just like it did in Nazi Germany - by Laura E. Adkins Telegraphic Agency09/03/2020hate speech, nazis
Former UVM President Explores Free Speech in New Book
California’s Social Media Bill Flies In The Face Of The First Amendment - from the you-can-protect-children-without-infringing-on-the-1st-amendment dept by Andy Jung, AB 2408
Self-Proclaimed Free Speech Platforms Are Censoring Nude Content. Here’s Why You Should Care - by Paige Collings, nudity, conservative censorship
The ‘Dirty Quid Pro Quo’ Between Democrats and Big Tech -By Max Jones,democrats Section 230
Lean Out with Tara- HenleyTranscript: Jonathan Rauch

My conversation with the Washington journalist and author of The Constitution of Knowledge,cancel culture,gay marriage
No, Canceling Chappelle Is Not a 'Win for Free Speech' by
Greg Lukianoff, self-censorship, artists, comedy
Ukraine Government issues blacklist of ‘Russian propagandists’
The list includes a number of prominent Western intellectuals - by Finn McRedmond, disinformation, nato
Trump's purported free speech social media platform Truth Social is hiding user posts, threatening to create a 'curated echo chamber,' research group finds -by Kimberly Leonard Insider08/02/2022trump, truth social, shadow ban
EXPLAINER: Is Alex Jones’ Trial About Free Speech Rights?

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones arrived at the start of his Texas defamation trial for calling the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School attack a hoax with the words “Save the 1st” scrawled on tape covering his mouth., sandy hook, litigation
Vlaming v. West Point School District speech, schools, pronouns
Prison Officials Remove Ban on Attica Book, Except for 2 Crucial Pages

In response to the author’s First Amendment lawsuit, officials said the alteration was necessary for “security reasons.” York Times08/02/2022prison
UK Man Arrested For ‘Malicious Communications’ After Posting Meme Mocking the Transgender Flag, twitter
Animal rights activists sue Beaver County for allegedly violating First Amendment rights cruelty, animal rights
Discrimination and Freedom of Belief in the Sex and Gender Debate - by Alasdair Henderson Human Rights Blog 08/03/2022transgender, employment law
Trump’s New Free Speech Network Has Already Banned Any Criticism of Itself - by Jamie Ross Beast08/07/2022social media, trump, truth social
Dr. Seuss' Books Gained Popularity After They Were Removed
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and other titles shot up Amazon's bestseller list after being self-censored by Dr. Seuss Enterprises. -by Nick Gillespie banning, dr seuss
Free Speech on Trial - Matt Stoller
Speech is about the right to say what you want. But being heard is all about market power. That's why two antitrust cases, one in publishing and one in online video, matter., monopoly, amazon
Students sue college president who invented rules to ban conservative flyers - FIRE, litigation, clovis
The ‘Institute For Free Speech’ Seems Confused About Free Speech Online -Mike Masnik, section 230
First Amendment Scholars Say Jan. 6 Rioter Is Subject to ‘Constitutional Command’ Disqualifying Insurrectionists from Holding Public Office - by Marisa Sarnoff & Crime08/11/2022January 6
Hard-left academics are accused of stifling free speech on campus with 'witch hunt' against staff over gender beliefs Mail Online08/11/2022transgender, academia
Glassdoor Ordered to ‘Out’ Some Anonymous Users -By Roy Maurer, tech, glassdoor, international
Kan. school district’s satanic clothing prohibition infringes free speech, asserts FFRF
‘The police are now the paramilitary wing of the trans lobby’,communications act,tech,facebook
Activists lose challenge to NSW laws banning secret filming of animal cruelty

High court rules laws criminalising secretly recorded footage and rights, australia
Charleston Animal Society calls for ‘anti-SLAPP’ law after lawsuit victory,animal rights
Free Speech at the Crossroads: International Dialogues
The Rhetoric and the Impact of Two Flamboyant Has-Beens: Boris Johnson and Donald Trump – Will They Rise Again? Free Speech Project 08/11/2022event
Students Sue California College over Censorship of Anti-Communist Flyers Review08/11/2022academia, litigation, clovis
PEN America Reels from Shock and Horror Over Brutal Attack on Salman Rushdie
States want to better patrol social media. These are the challenges.

New York's laws will take months to have an effect and could face lawsuits over free speech concerns.
“Some are More Equal Than Others”: University of Oregon Sued After Blocking Professor Who Posted “All Men are Created Equal,race
Vaccine Gadfly Alex Berenson Claims the White House Got Him Banned From Twitter, and He Has the Receipts - By Kevin Downey Jr. Media08/12/2022tech,covid
Jewish Studies Program looks at free speech against incitement to violence -by Sydney Shuler Progress08/12/2022hate speech,aclu
Mothers Behind Book-Banning Campaign Claim Their First Amendment Rights Are Being Violated
The self-dubbed Mama Bears filed a federal lawsuit alleging that by not being allowed to read sexually explicit material aloud at school board meetings, they themselves are being censored.
Blasphem Publica08/12/2022book banning, litigation
Fired ISU Coach Advances Lawsuit Over ‘All Lives Matter’ Sign Law08/12/2022academia
The larger legacy of Rushdie’s ‘Satanic Verses’ -By Jacob Mchangama News08/14/2022rushdie
Salman Rushdie’s Stabbing Shows the Danger of Conflating Words With ‘Violence’ - by Greg Lukianoff Beast08/13/2022rushdie
Defamation Suit About Election Falsehoods Puts Fox on Its Heels

The suit, filed by Dominion Voting Systems, could be one of the most consequential First Amendment cases in a generation. -by Jeremy W. Peters York Times08/13/2022litigation, defamation
Bing is censoring search results for Alex Berenson’s “Unreported Truths” Substack - by Tom Parker the Net08/15/2022comedy, tech, search, bing, duckduckgo
Saudi woman given 34-year prison sentence for using Twitter

Salma al-Shehab, a Leeds University student, was charged with following and retweeting dissidents and activists Guardian08/16/2022saudi arabia
TheTruthSpy exposed: This spyware lookup tool says if your Android device was compromised -byZack Whittaker, surveillance
UK Columnist: Because Salman Rushdie Got Stabbed, We Should Regulate Online Speech, Get Rid Of Anonymity, And Hold Social Media Responsible -by Mike Masnick
'Blatant abuse of power': Ousted Florida prosecutor sues DeSantis over suspension

Warren argues his First Amendment rights were violated and DeSantis abused power -By Matt Dixon, employment
ACLU-backed lawsuit targets Florida law limiting race-related education in public colleges -by Jeremy Bauer-Wolf Ed Dive

08/19/2022ACLU, academia
Schoolteachers' First Amendment Rights to Publicly Criticize Transgender Pronoun Policies,
including saying "I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa." -by Eugene Volokh, schools
Legal Advisor: When Is Free Speech Hate Speech?
-by Ann W. Latner, JD Advisor08/18/2022litigation, at will
Former Austin Fire Department Chaplain Sues City, Alleging First Amendment Infringement-by Hudson Callender Texan08/18/2022litigation, employment, women's sports
Judge says Utah's transgender law likely violates constitution

The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati sued on behalf of three transgender students.
-by Kim Jarrett the News08/19/2022ACLU, Wilson Sonsini, tech lawyers, Utah, litigation, sports
Federal Court Rules Against Florida Law Banning "Woke" Workplace Training
The court ruled - correctly - that the law violates the First Amendment. -by Ilya Somin, Florida
Book Bans Don’t Surprise Me. That’s Why They Must Stop. -by Logan Richman Free Speech Project08/23/2022book banning
Twitter versus Government: Remedy of challenge against blocking orders is illusory -by Shadan Farasat and Dhruv Bhatnagar Leaflet08/23/2022twitter, India
Meta Removes Fake Accounts Tied to Pro-US Influence Campaign

Twitter, Instagram among sites used in propaganda effort
Operation included inauthentic personas, fabricated news sites -by Andrew Martin
Lawsuit filed over Arizona law that bans filming within 8 feet of law enforcement -by Kanishka Singh, aclu, litigation
Exiled writers reflect on freedom of speech in America in light of Rushdie attack, PEN
America’s Censored Classrooms ps://, schools
Pop singer Gülşen arrested over joke about religious schools
An investigation was swiftly opened against the renowned pop singer after the pro-government media resurfaced a video excerpt from a concert months ago, where she joked about the religious vocational schools.
Federal Court Dismisses Most Counts Against School District in Lawsuit Alleging Coaches ‘Ordered’ Football Player to Eat Pepperoni Pizza- by
Elura Nanos and Crime08/26/2022litigation, school, sports
That video of Mount Rushmore for your YouTube channel could now land you in jail — shocking court decision transforms First Amendment rights, national parks
Do Laws Against Workplace Harassment Violate Free Speech?
There’s little difference between the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Florida’s Stop WOKE Act. -by Eugene Kontorovich
WSJ08/25/2022dei, legislation
Citing the First Amendment, Va. Judge Rejects Obscenity Proceedings Against Sexually ‘Explicit’ LGBTQ Graphic Novel and Young Adult Romance Book -by
Colin Kalmbacher & Crime08/30/2022book banning, virginia, litigation
Truth Social is strapped for cash and struggling to find new users

It’s having a hard time getting Google Play Store approval -by Makena Kelly Verge08/30/2022truth social, trump
School district threatened with lawsuit after shutting down student newspaper over LGBTQ2S+ coverage

The ACLU claimed the district “blatantly violated” the U.S. constitution - by Nico Lang*08/31/2022aclu, transgender
LAWSUIT: FIRE challenges Stop WOKE Act’s limits on how Florida professors can teach about race, sex -by FIRE, legislation
Free Speech Under Attack (Part III): The Legal Assault on Environmental Activists and the First Amendment

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. ET, Rep. Jamie Raskin, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will hold a hybrid hearing to examine how the fossil fuel industry is weaponizing the law to stifle First Amendment protected speech and stymie efforts to combat climate change by abusing Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participations (SLAPPs) and anti-protest laws. fuel industry, SLAPP, legislation
‘Rapid acceleration’ in US school book censorship leads to 2,500 bans in a year

School districts in 32 states banned 1,648 individual titles in the last school year, a report by Pen America found Guardian09/19/2022litigation, libraries
Appeals Court Upholds Texas Social Media 'Censorship' Law

The law prohibits social media companies from banning users or blocking posts based on political viewpoints. -by Stephen Musil, legislation
Banned in the USA: Banned Books Week Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary - Mickey Huff
PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange -
by Chris Hedges
2022 College Free Speech Rankings - Fire
Federal Court Finds 3rd Iowa Ag-Gag Law Unconstitutional -by DAVID PITT, Associated Press News09/27/2022ag gag, animal rights
Court Strikes Down Iowa Recording Ban Ag-Gag Law Justice09/27/2022ag gag, animal rights
Hill TV Censors Segment on Rashida Tlaib’s Description of Israel as “Apartheid Government,” Bars Reporter
Host Katie Halper recorded a segment defending Tlaib’s accurate portrayal of Israel’s government, but Hill TV’s owners refused to run it. -by Ryan Grim Intercept09/29/2022Israel
Jacinda Ardern and the woke war on free speech

The New Zealand PM is the kindly face of 21st-century authoritarianism. -by Brendan O'Neill Zealand
September 2022: Animal Law Updates that Improved the World for Animals this Month
-by Jareb Gleckel gag
Social Media Standoff: The Case of Twitter, India and the Fight for Free Speech Online -by Michelle Kelley, india, animals
A threat to free speech, hate speech needs to be defined and contained
Speech police: UK writer Caroline Farrow arrested, accused of posting “offensive” message online
Despite government's proposals to stop it, British citizens are still being arrested over alleged speech offenses.
-by Tom Parker the Net10/04/2022UK

Why no one trusts the police anymore

They have embraced trans identity politics at the expense of tackling crime.
-by Carrie Clark, police
Gilles Bissonnette, legal director of ACLU-NH, honored as First Amendment Award recipient -by Michaela Towfighi Monitor10/04/2022ACLU
Clark County School District sued by pro-life students over alleged First Amendment violations-by Kim Passoth
Are Anti-Discrmination Laws Under Threat from the First Amendment? -by Brianna Gonzalez Ulloa, yeshivas
Supreme Court to hear cases that could decide future of internet speech and social media -by Brian Fung court