Posts Tagged ‘ free speech ’

Bookstore Threatened for Anti-Trump Display

November 11, 2016
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Bookstore Threatened for Anti-Trump Display

A bookstore in Saugerties, New York, was threatened with misdemeanor zoning violation charges over an anti-Trump window display.   Inquiring Minds Bookstore owner Brian Donoghue assembled the display to voice his concerns over statements made by Trump during his campaign. “I really felt I was in prewar Nazi Germany. I saw neo-Nazis there. I saw absolute hate, and…

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CBLDF Joins Letter Urging VA School District to Repeal Prior Review Policy

October 14, 2016
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CBLDF Joins Letter Urging VA School District to Repeal Prior Review Policy

A portion of School Board Policy 9.46 that allows Virginia principals to review school newspaper content in the Falls Church City School District prior to publications is getting severe backlash in the free speech community. CBLDF joined NCAC and other free speech organizations in writing a letter to the school board asking them to repeal the…

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Turkish Cartoonists Discuss Post-Coup State of Free Speech

September 1, 2016
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Turkish Cartoonists Discuss Post-Coup State of Free Speech

Since the attempted coup in Turkey, the country’s administration has been arresting and silencing journalists and cartoonists in the country, so Cartoon Movement sat down with four cartoonists – Menekse Cam, Emrah Arikan, Halit Kurtulmus and Oguz Gurel – to discuss the state of affairs and what it means to be a satirist in their home country today. “At present, cartooning in Turkey is really…

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Illinois Enacts Law to Protect Student Journalists Rights

August 17, 2016
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Illinois New Voices

Last month, New Jersey celebrated free speech with the consideration of a bill that will allow student journalists to exercise editorial control over content in school publications. Illinois is following suit with the passing of a law that grants students in their state the same power. The Speech Rights of Student Journalists act, which was…

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New Bill Stops Promotes Free Press in New Jersey Schools

July 28, 2016
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New Voices New Jersey

New Jersey is considering a bill that will not only allow student journalists the right to exercise editorial control over content in school publications, but halt censorship from officials who might deem certain materials to be too controversial. The bill, which was re-introduced on June 30 is part of the broader New Voices of New Jersey campaign…

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Cartoonist Rehired After 2-Month Free Speech Battle

July 5, 2016
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Editorial cartoonist Rick Friday has been rehired by the Iowa-based newspaper Farm News, the newspaper that fired him two months ago for tackling corporate greed in the farming industry. Friday, who had a 21-year long stint with the newspaper, was abruptly fired back in May after undisclosed sponsors cancelled their advertisements with the paper in response…

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Free Speech in a Connected World

June 17, 2016
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Free Speech Principles

In a recent sit-down with Index on Censorship, Timothy Garton Ash, author and professor of European Studies at Oxford University, talked about his new book Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World and the increasing need for freedom of expression in a world that is shrinking day-by-day due to technological advancements. Garton Ash has dedicated…

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Organizations Urge U.N. To Take Action Against Free Speech Violations in Turkey

June 9, 2016
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Several free speech organizations recently submitted a formal statement to the U.N. Human Rights Council, calling for action to be taken to fix the “major deterioration” of free expression in Turkey. Earlier this month groups like the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), PEN International, and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), to…

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New Podcast Tackles Free Speech

May 26, 2016
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So to Speak

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has launched a new bi-weekly podcast So to Speak dedicated to tackling and talking candidly about the subject of free speech. Since its founding in 1999 by University of Pennsylvania professor Alan Charles Kors and Boston civil liberties attorney Harvey Silvergate, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education…

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Turkish Comedian Faces 2 Years in Prison for Satirical Tweet

April 13, 2016
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Cem Yilmaz

Turkish comedian, actor, and cartoonist Cem Yilmaz went to trial on Monday for a recent tweet “insulting” Governor Selim Cebiroglu. Facing up to two years in jail for expressing his upset over the governor’s verbal abuse of math teacher Halil Serkan Oz, the trial against Cem Yilmaz further demonstrates the precarious position of free speech…

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