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Free Speech Group Gives Muzzle Awards For First Amendment Violations

Free Speech Group Gives Muzzle Awards For First Amendment Violations | Free Expression | Scoop.it
A professor at Sam Houston State University in Texas was cited for cutting the "f-word" from a university-approved "free-speech wall," on which students were invited to express themselves by writing on the wall's parchment paper.
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Let's Repeal Freedom of Speech? - Town Hall

Let's Repeal Freedom of Speech? - Town Hall | Free Expression | Scoop.it
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SJR 19’s lead sponsor, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) states that his goal in re-writing our rights is to “give the power back to the Congress.”

But, wait, that would constitute amending reality as well. Congress never had any such power. The instructions in the Constitution’s First Amendment were written quite soberly, and remain crystal clear: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peacefully assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

SJR 19 would simply remove those words “freedom of speech” above from our highest law and allow Congress to make any speech-regulating law they damn well feel like.

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Underneath all the speech controversies, it's just business - CNN

Underneath all the speech controversies, it's just business - CNN | Free Expression | Scoop.it


(CNN) -- Free speech has consequences -- especially when business interests are involved.

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"Do they have a legal right (to drop the Benhams)? Yes. Should we be cheering it? No, we should not," he told CNN's "New Day." "We ought to be big enough people that we can see people we don't agree with, let them fix their houses, help the nice people. What are we scared of?"

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“Freedom of the Press” and “The Shield Law”: “Protecting the Public ...

“Freedom of the Press” and “The Shield Law”: “Protecting the Public ... | Free Expression | Scoop.it

Journalists are much more able to conduct their work and bring information to public light if they do not need to worry about having to reveal their sources. While Shield Laws have occurred in the past, they have only been on the state level. This currently proposed Shield Law is the first one to reach the federal level and the main goal is to protect journalists from having to reveal confidential sources in federal cases

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However, there are certain instances in which journalists will have to reveal sources, such as “(1) The party seeking disclosure has exhausted all reasonable alternative sources of the information; (2) The requested information is essential to resolving the matter; (3) Disclosure of the requested information would not be contrary to the public interest; and (4) In criminal cases, if the requesting party is the federal government, the government must show that there are reasonable grounds to believe that a crime has occurred.”[3]

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Is Obama Trying To Kill A Free Press? - Fox News (blog)

Is Obama Trying To Kill A Free Press? - Fox News (blog) | Free Expression | Scoop.it

The FCC is launching a new study, taking upon itself the task of deciding what news the public “needs” to hear, versus the news the public wants to hear.

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From its inception, the Obama administration has proven that it’s not only intolerant of critics, but that it will use the full power of an increasingly partisan bureaucracy to intimidate Americans and rein in dissent. The administration turned the IRS on the Tea Party, it unleashed the Department of Justice on wayward reporters, and now the FCC is preparing to snoop into America’s television and radio studios.

In an era of divided government, it’s sometimes difficult to stop Obama administration excess, but this call to action should be easy:


Under no circumstances should the House of Representatives allocate even a single dime of taxpayer money to authorize or empower government monitors in any newsroom in America.

The free press is at stake.

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Prison Planet.com » Nancy Pelosi's Attack on the First Amendment

Prison Planet.com » Nancy Pelosi's Attack on the First Amendment | Free Expression | Scoop.it

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) signed on to the national  movement to amend the U.S. Constitution.

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Pelosi and Sarbanes assume that before Citizens United corporations didn’t have any political speech, as if media corporations never engage in political speech. (Indeed, their column was a political opinion in a corporate media organ.) The Citizens United decision actually democratized political speech by allowing more than just media corporations to engage in political speech.

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FCC Proposes Initiative To Study How Journalists Operate - Attack On First Amendment?

FCC Proposes Initiative To Study How Journalists Operate - Attack On First Amendment? - The Kelly File =========================================== **Pleas...
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Government and journalism don't mix! Very bad idea! Politicians are trying to influence what you hear! Rise up in protest! 

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On free speech and blogging: The First Amendment applies to everyone, not just journalists

On free speech and blogging: The First Amendment applies to everyone, not just journalists | Free Expression | Scoop.it
An appeals court has struck a blow for free speech and freedom of the press by ruling that First Amendment protection should be available to bloggers, regardless of whether they fit the definition ...
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It’s another link in a chain of decisions that are gradually helping to extend the principle of free-speech protection beyond professional journalism to anyone who is publishing information with public value — and as such, it helps shift the focus away from trying to define who is a journalist and puts it where it should be: on protecting the practice of journalism, broadly defined.

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Whether the freedom of press belongs to the school or the student editors depends on who is the publisher.

Whether the freedom of press belongs to the school or the student editors depends on who is the publisher. | Free Expression | Scoop.it

Freedom of press belongs to school, not student editors. One of the most often quoted — and so often misunderstood — sections of the First Amendment is “freedom of the press.” 

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Many college and university newspapers are set up so the publisher is a student board rather than the institution. This provides the newspapers the First Amendment right to set policy and to make content decisions. It also makes them responsible for anything they publish.

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Freedom of (Hate?) Speech - Huffington Post (blog)

Freedom of (Hate?) Speech - Huffington Post (blog) | Free Expression | Scoop.it
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Freedom of (Hate?) Speech Huffington Post (blog) Of course intelligent people understand that freedom of speech is only protected from government interference and does not apply to public companies, but it allows this trio to come across...
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"It makes a great sound bite, but what exactly are they suggesting? Should the government pass laws or amend the amendment to dictate why nongovernmental companies can and cannot fire or suspend an employee? I hope that's not what they're saying because it's the most un-American thing I've ever heard."

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Ducks, Dixie Chicks, racist mascots and the First Amendment ...

Ducks, Dixie Chicks, racist mascots and the First Amendment ... | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Many Americans, this week's news stories confirm, don't have a clue what the First Amendment says or what it means.
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“The right to free speech has nothing to do with having a gig on television,” conservative commentator Jonathan Tobin rightly points out. “No one has a right to such a job and nothing prevents those who run these outfits from choosing who works for them. That applies to (ex-MSNBC host Martin) Bashir as well as to Robertson.”

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Bobby Jindal Statement On Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson ...

Bobby Jindal Statement On Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson ... | Free Expression | Scoop.it
In fact, I remember when TV networks believed in the First Amendment. It is a messed up situation when Miley Cyrus gets a laugh, and Phil Robertson gets suspended." It should be noted that A&E is a private company and ...
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In the statement, Jindal said it was "messed up" that singer Miley Cyrus faced no consequences from her wild MTV Video Awards performance

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You Don't Have a First Amendment Right to a Television Show

You Don't Have a First Amendment Right to a Television Show | Free Expression | Scoop.it
You Don't Have a First Amendment Right to a Television Show Slate Magazine (blog) The only relevant First Amendment issue here is that A&E has a constitutional right to make its own decisions about what kind of programming it wants to air without...
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"The First Amendment very much does not prevent private firms from declining to air certain kinds of content that they think will alienate their audience, or private citizens from engaging in organized criticism of private broadcasters who don't bend to their will.

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'Duck Dynasty' Family And Fans React To Phil Robertson's Hiatus After Offensive Comments

'Duck Dynasty' Family And Fans React To Phil Robertson's Hiatus After Offensive Comments | Free Expression | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the A&E network suspended "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson for disparaging gay people, it may have followed a time-honored TV tradition of quickly silencing a star who, for better or worse, speaks his mind.
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"Fourteen hours after it was learned that Robertson had been placed on indefinite "hiatus" for telling GQ magazine, among other things, that gays are headed to hell, more than a half-million people liked an impromptu Facebook page demanding the show be boycotted until he returns.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who had her picture taken with Robertson just last month, complained that his free-speech rights were being trampled. Bobby Jindal, governor of the state of Louisiana, where the show is filmed, complained that Miley Cyrus got a pass for twerking on TV while Phil got shown the door."

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Ten years after, Bush protesters lose free speech case

Ten years after, Bush protesters lose free speech case | Free Expression | Scoop.it

The justices ruled unanimously that the Secret Service acted appropriately when it moved anti-Bush protesters several blocks further away from the president's dinner table, even while allowing a friendly crowd of demonstrators to hold their ground.

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"People are not at liberty to speak whenever, however, and wherever they please," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ruled for the court. "In that regard, we have recognized that securing the safety of the president is a vital concern."

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SOCIALISM OR YOUR MONEY BACK: Freedom Of The Press

SOCIALISM OR YOUR MONEY BACK: Freedom Of The Press | Free Expression | Scoop.it

The U.S. government is insisting that New York Times "national security" reporter James Risen reveal a confidential source -- or go to jail. Risen says he won’t capitulate.

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The Freedom of the Press Foundation has called the government's effort to force Risen to reveal a source "one of the most significant press freedom cases in decades."

Daniel Ellsberg says: "The pursuit of Risen is a warning to potential sources that journalists cannot promise them confidentiality for disclosing Executive Branch criminality, recklessness, deception, unconstitutional policies or lying us into war. Without protecting confidentiality, investigative journalism required for accountability and democracy will wither and disappear."

A recent brief from the Obama administration to the nation's top court "is unflinchingly hostile to the idea of the Supreme Court creating or finding protections for journalists," Politico reported.

The newspaper added that Risen "might be sent to jail or fined if he refuses to identify his sources or testify about other details of his reporting."

This threat is truly ominous. As Ellsberg puts it, "We would know less than we do now about government abuses, less than we need to know to hold officials accountable and to influence policy democratically."
        

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FAA's ban on newsgathering drones violates the First Amendment (Editorial) - The Post-Standard

FAA's ban on newsgathering drones violates the First Amendment (Editorial) - The Post-Standard | Free Expression | Scoop.it

For years, the press has used helicopters and airplanes to cover the news.

Drones are a new technology, but they already have been shown to enhance the public's understanding of events. Drones were used to capture footage of massive demonstrations in Ukraine, the scene of a gas explosion in New York City, thesmoldering wreckage of a derailed oil train in Lynchburg, Va., and the aftermath of a tornado in Arkansas. 


 
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The FAA has sent "cease and desist'' letters to journalists using drones and even suggested to a newspaper that publishing photos taken by a drone hobbyist would violate its policy. This has had an impermissible chilling effect on news coverage.

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A 'flash' of insight about our free speech: First Amendment column - Stevenspointjournal

A 'flash' of insight about our free speech: First Amendment column - Stevenspointjournal | Free Expression | Scoop.it
A 'flash' of insight about our free speech: First Amendment column
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Nonetheless, Elli proceeded with a federal lawsuit. In early February, U.S.
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In Houston, Justice William J. Brennan wrote that “the right of individuals verbally to oppose or challenge police action without thereby risking arrest is one of the principal characteristics by which we distinguish a free nation from a police state. … The First Amendment recognizes, wisely we think, that a certain amount of expressive disorder not only is inevitable in a society committed to individual freedom, but must itself be protected if that freedom would survive.”

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FCC's New Assault on Freedom of the Press - Real Clear Politics

FCC's New Assault on Freedom of the Press - Real Clear Politics | Free Expression | Scoop.it

The First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…" 

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But under the Obama administration, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to send government contractors into the nation's newsrooms to determine whether journalists are producing articles, television reports, Internet content, and commentary that meets the public's "critical information needs." Those "needs" will be defined by the administration, and news outlets that do not comply with the government's standards could face an uncertain future. It's hard to imagine a project more at odds with the First Amendment.

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Free speech under fire at American universities

Which schools are the worst offenders? (Free speech under fire at American universities http://t.co/GMIN4VE11d)
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NSA leaker Snowden joins Freedom of the Press Foundation - YouTube

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is gaining in popularity with average Americans as more information about the NSA becomes known

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The Freedom of the Press Foundation announces that Edward Snowden will be a part of the board of directors.

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Cracking down on free speech?

Cracking down on free speech? | Free Expression | Scoop.it
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Cracking down on free speech? Corvallis Gazette Times (blog) Listening to the radio while driving up to Milwaukie to visit my mom on Monday, I heard that noted constitutional scholar Joe Perry, also known for being a member of Aerosmith, had...
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"OK, let’s go through this one more time:

Phil Robertson’s right to free speech was not cracked down on. I mean, he spoke his mind, and the government, as it’s supposed to do, waved him on his merry way.

Every U.S. citizen is free to say whatever he wants."

 

P.S. You can't "falsely" yell fire in a crowded theater. You can certainly yell fire if there is a fire!

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Sorry, Bobby Jindal, There's No First Amendment Right To Star In A ...

Sorry, Bobby Jindal, There's No First Amendment Right To Star In A ... | Free Expression | Scoop.it
The Governor of Louisiana complained that A&E, which fired Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, doesn't "believe in the First Amendment."
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As a reminder to the governor, no clause in the First Amendment establishes a right to star in a reality show on A&E regardless of what you say to GQ about vaginas and anuses:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Jindal is a graduate of Brown University and a Rhodes Scholar. Until about the last 18 months, he was frequently discussed as one of the brightest policy minds in the Republican Party.

He also, apparently, thinks A&E is part of Congress.

 

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Bogus Duck Dynasty First Amendment Argument Knocked Down By ...

Bogus Duck Dynasty First Amendment Argument Knocked Down By ... | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Robertson-Doocy-Jindal A Fox News host has debunked the claim that A&E suspending a Duck Dynasty star over racist and homophobic comments had anything to do with the First Amendment. That claim had previously ...
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"It's not free speech because A&E as a private company can do anything they want. And they did."

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Make Way for "Duck Dynasty": Free Speech, Double Standards, and Cultural ... - RealClearPolitics

Make Way for "Duck Dynasty": Free Speech, Double Standards, and Cultural ... - RealClearPolitics | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Make Way for "Duck Dynasty": Free Speech, Double Standards, and Cultural ...
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While constitutional protections for speech certainly extend to bigots, they protect only against government actions, not sanctions by employers. There is no inalienable right to be on A&E.


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Peter King: Rand Paul 'Disgraced His Office' With NSA Criticism

Peter King: Rand Paul 'Disgraced His Office' With NSA Criticism | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) criticized Sen.
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On Wednesday, Paul, also appearing on the CNN program, suggested that Clapper'sstatements to Congress on the reach of the NSA's programs had done more damage than Snowden's leaks.

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