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Two Concepts of Freedom of Speech

Two Concepts of Freedom of Speech | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Today’s campus controversies reflect a battle between two distinct conceptions of the term—what the Greeks called isegoria and parrhesia.
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Ongoing controversies at American universities suggest that free speech is becoming a partisan issue. While conservative students defend the importance of inviting controversial speakers to campus and giving offense, many self-identified liberals are engaged in increasingly disruptive, even violent, efforts to shut them down.
 
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‘Free speech issue of our time’: Tech giants trigger conservative revolt

‘Free speech issue of our time’: Tech giants trigger conservative revolt | Free Expression | Scoop.it
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James Damore, a former Google engineer who was fired after writing a memo accusing the tech giant of “alienating conservatives” at its Bay Area headquarters, told the Times: “There are political activists in all of these companies that want to actively push a liberal agenda. Why does it matter? Because these companies are so ubiquitous and powerful that they are controlling all the means of mass communication.” Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2018/03/free-speech-issue-of-our-time-tech-giants-trigger-conservative-revolt/#teIH1oPQlHFvslBS.99
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Mark Zuckerberg Proposes Facebook ‘Supreme Court’ to Rule on ‘Hate Speech’ –

Mark Zuckerberg Proposes Facebook ‘Supreme Court’ to Rule on ‘Hate Speech’ – | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has proposed a ‘Facebook Supreme Court’ to rule on hate speech reports on the social media platform. In an interview with Vox.com Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined the future of the social media platform, at one point suggesting that a “Supreme Court” model could be used when judging what counts as hate speech …
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You can imagine some sort of structure, almost like a Supreme Court, that is made up of independent folks who don’t work for Facebook, who ultimately make the final judgment call on what should be acceptable speech in a community that reflects the social norms and values of people all around the world.
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Apple’s Tim Cook Addresses NRA-TV On Apple TV: “Democracy Without Discourse Is Not A Democracy”

Apple’s Tim Cook Addresses NRA-TV On Apple TV: “Democracy Without Discourse Is Not A Democracy” | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook directly responded to criticism that Apple TV makes the NRATV channel is available for download.
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“But their point of view, along with the alternate point of view, I think it’s actually important for the public to hear that, and I wish it could be done in a not vitriolic tone and the – all of the accusation and personal attack that is on there. I don’t subscribe to any of that at all.”
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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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Supreme Court examines freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers - Catholic Standard

Supreme Court examines freedom of speech at crisis pregnancy centers - Catholic Standard | Free Expression | Scoop.it
In oral arguments before the Supreme Court March 20, justices seemed skeptical about a California law that requires pro-life pregnancy centers in the state to v
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The case, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, is about the constitutionality of the Reproductive FACT Act, a state law which says pregnancy centers must post notices in their facilities about available low-cost abortion services and also must disclose if they have medical personnel on staff.
 
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Laura Steere's curator insight, April 23, 12:29 PM
This case isn't about free speech. It is about the deceptive practices used by crisis pregnancy centers. One thing CPCs can't claim is having the same "moral" standards that they preach. #SRH785
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Larry Grooms’s South Carolina Campus Free Expression Act

Larry Grooms’s South Carolina Campus Free Expression Act | Free Expression | Scoop.it
The campus free-speech crisis is no stranger to the public universities of South Carolina.
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Both the House and Senate bills prohibit restrictive campus speech codes, free-speech zones, and belief-based discrimination against various student groups. Both bills also establish a “cause of action” allowing plaintiffs to recover reasonable court costs and attorney’s fees when the university violates their rights. Yet only SB 1085 ensures that students who shout-down visiting speakers or destroy expressive displays will be disciplined.
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Victory: City Agrees to Cease Unconstitutional Treatment of Religious Free Speech

Victory: City Agrees to Cease Unconstitutional Treatment of Religious Free Speech | Free Expression | Scoop.it
Like many local governments, the City of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, tries to assist citizens in publicizing upcoming community events. Grand Rapid
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Our client, along with other religious organizations in the Grand Rapids area, is now free to advertise events in the same manner as other nonreligious organizations are permitted to do so, consistent with the clear requirements of the First Amendment.
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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.
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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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