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SIGN: Freedom of Speech Should Exist Online--We Need Laws to Prevent Cops From Shutting Down Social Networks

SIGN: Freedom of Speech Should Exist Online--We Need Laws to Prevent Cops From Shutting Down Social Networks | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Korryn Gaines, a 23-year old black was killed by Baltimore cops recently. She was broadcasting the standoff on her social network, but police asked for the stream to be deactivated.
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Sign this petition and tell congress that you want legislation to protect the internet from police censorship.
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House Conservatives: ‘It’s Time’ to Address Marriage

House Conservatives: ‘It’s Time’ to Address Marriage | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Conservative lawmakers urge House leadership to push forward a bill that would safeguard individuals who believe marriage is between one man and one woman.
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A bill, called the First Amendment Defense Act, was introduced in both the House and Senate last year after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. The measure aims to protect individuals who believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman from being punished by the federal government. For example, the bill would bar federal government officials from revoking the tax-exempt status of religious schools, organizations or individuals for standing against same-sex marriage, or believing that sexual relations are reserved to marriage.
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US News Editors Find It Increasingly Difficult To Defend First Amendment

US News Editors Find It Increasingly Difficult To Defend First Amendment | Free Expression | Scoop.it
A survey of editors from print and online publications found most news organizations struggle to defend the right to freedom of the press.
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Around half of news editors indicated their news organizations were “no longer prepared to go to court to preserve First Amendment freedoms.” Eighty-nine percent indicated this was because defending the First Amendment is too expensive.
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The Donald Threatens to Sue Artist Over Her Trump Micropenis Portrait

The Donald Threatens to Sue Artist Over Her Trump Micropenis Portrait | Free Expression | Scoop.it
The artist who gave the world a drawing of a nude Donald Trump with a small penis is facing a potential lawsuit from Trump’s legal team if the painting sells.
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Irma Gore is being sued under claims to right of publicity, which gives individuals the right to control how his or her name, image, or likeness is used commercially. Under that law, Trump is entitled to a lump sum of what the painting would earn. It is currently priced at over 1.4 million dollars. Gore remains unworried and is prepared to fight the case in court if it arrives.
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Free Speech Can't Be Taken for Granted

Free Speech Can't Be Taken for Granted | Free Expression | Scoop.it
The wish to silence, censor, and impede thought is just as strong a human emotion as the desire for free expression -- especially when censorship is cloaked in rhetoric about fairness, equality, justice, and all the other euphemisms for not...
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" The wish to silence, censor, and impede thought is just as strong a human emotion as the desire for free expression — especially when censorship is cloaked in rhetoric about fairness, equality, justice, and all the other euphemisms for not allowing the free promulgation of ideas."

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CITIZENS OPPOSE COUNTY'S EFFORTS TO CURB FREE SPEECH - East County Magazine

CITIZENS OPPOSE COUNTY'S EFFORTS TO CURB FREE SPEECH - East County Magazine | Free Expression | Scoop.it
By Miriam Raftery
June 8, 2015 (San Diego) – Last week, we reported that Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a proposal to restrict protesters to “free speech zones” outside the County administrat
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"June 8, 2015 (San Diego) – Last week, we reported that Supervisors on Tuesday will consider a proposal to restrict protesters to “free speech zones” outside the County administration, ban amplified sound, require permits for events bigger than 200 people and impose fines for those who violate these rules. Supervisors will also consider rule changes to impact all county parks."

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Ed Feulner - Muzzling the Marketplace of Ideas

Ed Feulner - Muzzling the Marketplace of Ideas | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech. The words of the First Amendment couldnt be plainer. Yet more than two centuries after the Bill of Rights was written, they remain the subject of fierce debate.

Via Thomas Wentzel
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These days, apparently, we’re all so thin-skinned that we can’t bear to hear an opinion that challenges our worldview.

 This is even true, ironically, at our institutions of higher learning. Some colleges are far more interested in swaddling their students in a protective bubble than in teaching free speech.

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How Corporations Took Over the First Amendment

How Corporations Took Over the First Amendment | Free Expression | Scoop.it
More and more, it's companies—not individuals—that are benefiting from free-speech rights.
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To determine the most-frequent beneficiaries of First Amendment, Coates analyzed the 423 Supreme Court cases between 1946 and 2014 that dealt with questions of speech.

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Americans have First Amendment right to film police, US appeals court rules

Americans have First Amendment right to film police, US appeals court rules | Free Expression | Scoop.it
A federal appeals court has ruled that Americans have the right to videotape police officers in public, thereby allowing a court case brought against New Hampshire police to progress.
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The decision comes amid a flurry of court cases involving citizens attempting to express their First Amendment rights by filming their encounters with law enforcement officers, many of whom say the recordings interfere with their work, to say nothing of the possibility that a camera may be mistaken for a weapon.

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Bill Maher says President Obama is 'Perhaps the Worst' on Freedom of the Press -  

Bill Maher says President Obama is 'Perhaps the Worst' on Freedom of the Press -   | Free Expression | Scoop.it

Bill Maher is throwing some shade on President Obama’s credentials as a supposed champion of freedom of the Press.

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The host of HBO’s “Real Time” sat down Friday to discuss media coverage of secret government work with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, one of the journalists centrally involved in bringing revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden to light.

“I don’t understand why he is perhaps the worst president we’ve had on clamping down on the press,” Maher said.

“He’s used the Espionage Act more than any other president, right?” Maher added.

Other members of the media have blasted the Obama administration’s treatment of journalists.

This week former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson told a Senate panel that Obama officials treat investigative journalists and their sources like “enemies of the state.”

“The job of getting at the truth has never been more difficult,” she said during the confirmation hearing for Loretta Lynch, the attorney general nominee.

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The Supreme Court Is Tackling Facebook, Rap Lyrics, and the First Amendment - Boston.com

The Supreme Court Is Tackling Facebook, Rap Lyrics, and the First Amendment - Boston.com | Free Expression | Scoop.it
ICYMI the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week about whether or not violent statements posted on social media are proof of intent.
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The Supreme Court seems hung up on whether there’s a difference in the creative liberties allowed to artists and those allowed to independent individuals. The intent of a statement—whether or not it is meant to incite fear and/or violence—has been paramount in previous cases brought before the justices and the lower courts. Also, in some cases, it’s more about who the threats are directed at—the military, the President of the United States, your family and peers. Sometimes a test known as the “Dinwiddie factors,” which gauges the frequency, medium, and reaction to a said threat, is used to determine whether or not it’s valid.

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Free speech taking hits right and left (but mostly left) - LancasterOnline

Free speech taking hits right and left (but mostly left) - LancasterOnline | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Support among Americans, particularly liberals, for the First Amendment rights of political opponents has declined.
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Over the past few decades, there has been a rather fundamental shift in liberal ideology, especially as it relates to free speech and civil liberties.  The Left has become less likely to support First Amendment rights, increasingly favoring restrictions on liberties in the name of advancing equality.  

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Journalists shouldn't be on trial. Support NYT reporter James Risen and freedom of the press.

Journalists shouldn't be on trial. Support NYT reporter James Risen and freedom of the press. | Free Expression | Scoop.it
If Risen refuses to testify against his alleged source, as he has vowed to, he would likely face harsh fines or imprisonment.
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Join the Project On Government Oversight in supporting Risen's fight to protect his sources and in supporing freedom of the press.

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European Union Declares War on Internet Free Speech

European Union Declares War on Internet Free Speech | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Opponents counter that the initiative amounts to an assault on free speech in Europe.
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Supreme Court Broadens First Amendment Protection

The Supreme Court added another layer of constitutional protection to public employees’ political expression, ruling that the First Amendment protects a worker who was demoted over a misperception about his political leanings.
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Senator Harry Reid led an effort in the Senate — backed by every single Democratic senator — to repeal the First Amendment and thereby enable federal censorship of political criticism. That fact — the fact that one of our two major political parties has made gutting the Bill of Rights and suppressing political speech one of its top priorities — should be the central debate of the 2016 election. But it isn’t, to our national shame. 
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Lawless Government Unjustly Imprisons Patriot for Defending Innocent Citizens - Eagle Rising

Lawless Government Unjustly Imprisons Patriot for Defending Innocent Citizens - Eagle Rising | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Lawless Government Unjustly Imprisons a Patriot for Defending Innocent Citizens
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The federal government is working overtime to set a very dangerous precedent for the arrest, detention, and incarceration of Americans who exercise lawful rights to resist abuses from the very representative body that is tasked with preserving natural, unalienable rights.
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Letting them die: parents refuse medical help for children in the name of Christ

Letting them die: parents refuse medical help for children in the name of Christ | Free Expression | Scoop.it
The Followers of Christ is a religious sect that preaches faith healing in states such as Idaho, which offers a faith-based shield for felony crimes – despite alarming child mortality rates among these groups...
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“Religious freedoms must be protected; but vulnerable children must also be appropriately protected from unnecessary harm and death.”
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A permit for free speech in San Diego?

Large groups conducting political activities at the Waterfront Park outside the County Administration Center could be relegated to designated free speech zones ...
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"Large groups conducting political activities at the Waterfront Park outside the County Administration Center could be relegated to designated free speech zones under a proposal to be considered Tuesday morning by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors."

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Free Speech: A Quaint Relic of the U.S. | American Free Press

Free Speech: A Quaint Relic of the U.S. | American Free Press | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Free Speech: A Quaint Relic of the U.S. | American Free Press http://t.co/aWkybSzOKE
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"Former school principal Frank Borzellieri is a tragic victim of the bigotry that goes under the label of political correctness. In 1993, Borzellieri was elected to the school board of Queens, New York, and rapidly became famous for advocating tradition, patriotism and a Eurocentric curriculum."

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We got in the habit of travelling around and teaching people to build radio stations: Pete Tridish | UNESCO Chair on Community Media

We got in the habit of travelling around and teaching people to build radio stations: Pete Tridish | UNESCO Chair on Community Media | Free Expression | Scoop.it

Over the years, as both the commercial and the non- commercial band filled up in the US, there was no longer much room to start a new radio station.


Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Stephen Dunifer, an activist, built a transmitter and operated it [Free Radio Berkeley] from 1993 as an act of civil disobedience and when he was caught, he said, we recognise the authority of the FCC and they are allowed to abridge our freedom of speech to have an orderly band. But they are supposed to be doing it in the way that’s the least harmful to the First Amendment. His lawyers said if my client has no radio stations, and Clear Channel has 1200 radio stations, how could this be the fairest system?

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Attorney: If the Supreme Court Keeps Going This Way Free Speech will be Dead - Freedom Outpost

Attorney: If the Supreme Court Keeps Going This Way Free Speech will be Dead - Freedom Outpost | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Attorney: If the Supreme Court Keeps Going This Way Free Speech will be Dead
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He also said, "As I'm looking at the court decisions across the country in the lower courts and the Supreme Court, pretty soon anything that might offend somebody – and you can put quotes around that word 'might' – is going to be taboo. So free speech, as we've known it, I think is almost dead if this court continues the way it's going."
Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/04/attorney-if-the-supreme-court-keeps-going-this-way-free-speech-will-be-dead.

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Warner Bros. Asserts First Amendment Right to Hunt Copyright Pirates

Warner Bros. Asserts First Amendment Right to Hunt Copyright Pirates | Free Expression | Scoop.it
What's in the First Amendment? Free speech, free religion, free assembly? Of course. How about freedom to hunt copyright pirates? Look closely.
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World Jewish Congress Seeks to Ban Freedom of Speech across Globe - The New Observer

World Jewish Congress Seeks to Ban Freedom of Speech across Globe - The New Observer | Free Expression | Scoop.it

Not content with already severely impeding freedom of speech in Europe, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has launched an attempt to get the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon, to start censoring what they sell.

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“It’s freedom of speech, I wonder if any of you all realize how hypocritical you all are with comments. You all are talking about burning the books, and all this stuff. Just because Amazon supports freedom of speech? Get over yourself that other people don’t believe what you all do. You can buy Communist books that support revolutions, you can buy books on violence and all this stuff yet the one thing that offends you is a book that no one is forcing you to read? It’s not being shoved down your throats, it’s simply up for people to buy. How is it wrong for people to read at their choosing?”

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Sharyl Attkisson: This Is The 'Worst White House' For Freedom Of The Press

Sharyl Attkisson: This Is The 'Worst White House' For Freedom Of The Press | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Sharyl Attkisson isn't afraid to criticize the Obama administration, because she believes she's just saying what every journalist already knows.
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The former CBS News investigative reporter claims she was surveilled and heavily monitored while reporting on the White House administration. Attkisson said that there is now full "consensus" among the media that the current administration is the "worst White House they have dealt with in recent times for transparency and freedom of the press."

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Journalist facing jail for protecting source assails Obama Administration as ‘the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation’

Journalist facing jail for protecting source assails Obama Administration as ‘the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation’ | Free Expression | Scoop.it
By Madalena Araujo, CNN New York Times reporter James Risen, who is facing jail time for refusing to reveal his source for a story, has denounced the Obama Administration as “the greatest enemy of press freedom in a generation” in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that aired Thursday.
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The current administration has prosecuted more whistleblowers under The Espionage Act than all previous presidents combined.

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