Supreme Court Appears Skeptical of Boston’s Refusal to Fly Christian Flag

The court seemed poised to rule that the city, which has approved many other requests to raise flags at its City Hall, violated a Christian group’s free speech rights.

#barrett-amy-coney, #constitution-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hallward-driemeier-douglas, #kagan-elena, #religion-state-relations, #united-states

Supreme Court to Hear Case of Coach Who Lost His Job Over Postgame Prayers

A federal appeals court ruled that a school board in Washington State could require the coach to stop praying at the 50-yard line after high school football games.

#bremerton-wash, #coaches-and-managers, #education-k-12, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #supreme-court-us

Boom! Go the (Tech) Subpoenas

A reckoning for Big Tech over its role in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mckay-adam, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Nigeria Lifts Twitter Ban

The social media site had been blocked after it deleted a post from President Muhammadu Buhari about secessionist groups that was widely seen as threatening.

#buhari-muhammadu, #censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #nigeria, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

The Gender Gap Is Taking Us to Unexpected Places

With unforeseen and underexplored consequences.

#colleges-and-universities, #democratic-party, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #voting-and-voters, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Let Marjorie Taylor Greene Keep Her Social Media Accounts

We’ve ceded too much control over our speech to Big Tech.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

Is a Judge’s Order a Threat to a Free Press?

A case involving The Times and Project Veritas. Also: Elizabeth Holmes; Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens; dangers of biometrics; healthy is hard.

#baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #biometrics, #bonds-barry, #clemens-roger, #diet-and-nutrition, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-times, #project-veritas, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #theranos-inc

Social Media Needs Better Solutions Than Just Banning Bad Actors

Rule breakers just claim censorship, censorship, censorship.

#censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #internal-sub-only-nl, #rogan-joe, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

bell hooks and the Power of Talking Back for Black Women

Ms. hooks understood that voice and language are how marginalized people humanize themselves to themselves.

#black-people, #culture-arts, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #gender, #hooks-bell, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

It Was bell hooks Who Taught Me How to ‘Talk Back’

Ms. hooks understood that voice and language are how marginalized people humanize themselves to themselves.

#black-people, #culture-arts, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #gender, #hooks-bell, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

Hong Kong Removes ‘Pillar of Shame’ Statue Amid Crackdown

The decision to take down the “Pillar of Shame,” an enduring symbol of the territory’s pro-democracy movement, was another sign of Beijing’s crackdown.

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-alliance-in-support-of-patriotic-democratic-movements-of-china, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #tiananmen-square-beijing, #university-of-hong-kong

Fury in China After Li Tiantian, an Outspoken Teacher, Disappears

Supporters of Li Tiantian believe that local officials may have sent her to a psychiatric hospital, a longstanding way of stifling and discrediting dissent.

#censorship, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hunan-province-china, #li-tiantian, #politics-and-government, #teachers-and-school-employees

Frances Haugen Thinks Mark Zuckerberg Needs to Acknowledge His Power

The Facebook whistle-blower says the company hides behind flat offices and metrics to shirk its responsibility.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Trump Weaponized the Supreme Court

The three justices appointed by Trump are doing exactly what they were sent to the court to do.

#abortion, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #american-federation-of-state-county-and-municipal-employees, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #colleges-and-universities, #constitution-us, #firearms, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #gun-control, #harvard-university, #jackson-womens-health-organization, #kagan-elena, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #maine, #mcconnell-mitch, #mississippi, #national-rifle-assn, #new-york-state, #new-york-state-rifle-and-pistol-assn, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #rehnquist-william-h, #religion-state-relations, #roberts-john-g-jr, #second-amendment-us-constitution, #senate, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Is Democracy’s Fate the Media’s Fault?

How should political journalists be approaching their work in these polarized times?

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #douthat-ross-g, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #new-york-university, #rosen-jay

Judge Clarifies Order on New York Times Coverage of Project Veritas

The decision allows some latitude for reporting until a final ruling is reached. The Times said the order remained “an unconstitutional prior restraint that should be dissolved.”

#baquet-dean, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #justice-department, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #okeefe-james-e-iii, #project-veritas, #wood-charles-d

As Muratov Accepts Nobel, Legacy of His Russian Predecessors Recedes

Dmitri A. Muratov is only the third Russian to win the Nobel Peace Prize, after Andrei D. Sakharov and Mikhail S. Gorbachev. The openness they championed is under assault.

#cold-war-era, #duterte-rodrigo, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #memorial, #muratov-dmitri-a, #navalny-aleksei-a, #nobel-prizes, #novaya-gazeta, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #ressa-maria, #russia, #ussr-former-soviet-union

We Need Less Talk and More Action From Congress on Tech

Mosseri talks while Congress dithers.

#childrens-online-privacy-protection-act, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #internal-sub-only-nl, #meta-platforms-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate-committee-on-commerce-science-and-transportation

Social Media Companies Are Trying to Co-opt the First Amendment

They want the same protections newspapers enjoy. But they are not newspapers.

#first-amendment-us-constitution, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #law-and-legislation, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #supreme-court-us, #texas

Can a New University Really Fix Academia’s Free Speech Problems?

Or does it just create another ideological bubble?

#censorship, #colleges-and-universities, #foundation-for-individual-rights-in-education, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #kanelos-pano, #lukianoff-greg, #university-of-austin, #university-of-wisconsin

Big Tech ‘Amplification’: What Does That Mean?

Some lawmakers from both parties argue that when social media sites boost the performance of hateful or violent posts, the sites become accomplices.

#computers-and-the-internet, #constitution-us, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #house-committee-on-energy-and-commerce, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

In Latest Assault on Dissent, Egypt Convicts a Human Rights Activist

Hossam Bahgat avoided a prison term, receiving a relatively modest fine, in a verdict that appeared designed to intimidate dissidents without risking international opprobrium.

#bahgat-hossam, #egypt, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #politics-and-government, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el

‘Simpsons’ Episode Mocking Chinese Censorship Vanishes in Hong Kong

The episode mocked both Mao Zedong and the government’s efforts to suppress memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

#censorship, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #disney-plus, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #the-simpsons-tv-program, #tiananmen-square-beijing, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

A ‘Simpsons’ Episode Lampooned Chinese Censorship. In Hong Kong, It Vanished.

The episode mocked both Mao Zedong and the government’s efforts to suppress memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.

#censorship, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #disney-plus, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #the-simpsons-tv-program, #tiananmen-square-beijing, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

A Public Flagpole, a Christian Flag and the First Amendment

The Supreme Court will decide whether Boston, which allows many kinds of groups to raise flags outside its City Hall, can reject one bearing the Latin cross.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #boston-mass, #camp-constitution, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #religion-state-relations, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Esper Claims Defense Dept. Is Improperly Blocking Parts of His Memoir

The former defense secretary sued the agency, saying that portions of the book were being concealed “under the guise of classification.”

#a-sacred-oath-book, #books-and-literature, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Hong Kong’s Pillar of Shame Is More Than a Statue

Shrinking the public space that preserves the memory of the 1989 Beijing uprising has effectively turned Hong Kong into another silent mainland city.

#academic-freedom, #censorship, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #university-of-hong-kong

My Book Was Censored in China. Now It’s Blacklisted — in Texas.

Andrew Solomon never expected his books to come under threat in America. But as he writes in this essay, attacks on books are on the rise here, and one of his is under investigation by a state legislature.

#blacklisting, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #education-k-12, #far-from-the-tree-book, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #school-boards, #solomon-andrew-1963, #the-noonday-demon-an-atlas-of-depression-book

Trying to Blur Memories of the Gulag, Russia Targets a Rights Group

Prosecutors are trying to shut down Memorial International, Russia’s most prominent human rights group, as the Kremlin moves to control the historical narrative of the Soviet Union.

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #memorial, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ussr-former-soviet-union

The ‘Woke’ Student Is Just a Scapegoat

Embracing intellectual diversity means being brave enough to consider ideas and practices that might inspire you to change your life.

#colleges-and-universities, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #wesleyan-university, #youth

Conservatives Are Trying to Ban a Growing List of Books

The right-wing war on school libraries.

#american-library-assn, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #libraries-and-librarians, #out-of-darkness-book, #school-boards, #states-us, #youth

The Show Goes On, Even After China Tried to Shut It Down

An Italian city rejected a request from the Chinese Embassy in Rome to cancel an exhibition by Badiucao, an artist who has been described as the Chinese Banksy.

#art, #badiucao-artist, #censorship, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #italy, #santa-giulia-museum

Hong Kong’s M+ Museum Is Finally Open. It’s Already in Danger.

The museum, billed as Asia’s premier art institution, faced construction delays and personnel problems. Now it faces its greatest challenge: the threat of censorship.

#art, #censorship, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hong-kong, #m-hong-kong-museum, #museums, #politics-and-government

They Say Colleges Are Censorious. So They Are Starting a New One.

The founders of the University of Austin say they want to defend intellectual dissent, and declare that something in higher education is fundamentally broken.

#austin-tex, #colleges-and-universities, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #kanelos-pano, #university-of-austin

Report Says Critical Race Theory Bans Threaten Free Speech

The report by PEN America, which surveys more than 50 bills proposed across the country, appeals to a principle that has lost its luster for many on the left and right.

#chemerinsky-erwin, #critical-race-theory, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #race-and-ethnicity, #suzanne-nossel

In Florida, a Firestorm Over Silenced University Professors Grows

After the University of Florida blocked testimony in a voting rights lawsuit against the state, critics made accusations of political meddling. The governor denied the claims.

#academic-freedom, #colleges-and-universities, #desantis-ron, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-florida

What to Do About Facebook, and What Not to Do

Assessing the many ideas for fixing the social network.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #online-advertising, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Rivals on World Stage, Russia and U.S. Quietly Seek Areas of Accord

There have been a series of beneath-the-surface meetings between the two countries as the Biden administration applies a more sober approach to relations with the Kremlin.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hill-fiona-1965, #international-relations, #microsoft-corp, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #us-federal-government-data-breach-2020

Florida Bars State Professors From Testifying in Voting Rights Case

After being hired as expert witnesses for groups opposing a restrictive voting law, three University of Florida academics were told they could not participate in the lawsuit against the state.

#academic-freedom, #colleges-and-universities, #desantis-ron, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #university-of-florida, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

How a Mistake by YouTube Shows Its Power Over Media

Novara, a London news group, fell victim to YouTube’s opaque and sometimes arbitrary enforcement of its rules.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #london-england, #news-and-news-media, #novara-media, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

Republicans Assail Garland Over Justice Department Schools Memo

Republicans said the Biden administration was seeking to intimidate parents concerned about school policies. The attorney general cited a spike in threats.

#education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government

Facebook Is Bad. Fixing It Rashly Could Make It Much Worse.

 Lawmakers should proceed cautiously when altering the rules governing the internet.

#computers-and-the-internet, #constitution-us, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #lujan-ben-ray, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #senate, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Moral Chasm That Has Opened Up Between Left and Right Is Widening

The things that are driving us apart are going to keep driving us apart. 

#american-civil-liberties-union, #conservatism-us-politics, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #liberalism-us-politics, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Victims of Charlottesville Rally Argue the Violence Was Planned

The civil trial that starts Monday will examine whether the far-right organizers had plotted to foment violence. They have countered that bloodshed stemmed from self-defense.

#anti-semitism, #charlottesville-va, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Long Arm of Russian Law Reaches Obscure Siberian Church

The arrest of the leader of a small religious group reveals that Russian repression reaches even to the depths of the Siberian forest.

#doomsday, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #siberia, #vissarion

The Supreme Court Faces a Huge Test on Libel Law

Two of the justices want to revisit a landmark decision for free expression. They may soon get the chance.

#belton-catherine-journalist, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #gorsuch-neil-m, #harpercollins-publishers, #law-and-legislation, #libel-and-slander, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #putin-vladimir-v, #putins-people-how-the-kgb-took-back-russia-and-then-took-on-the-west-book, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence

M.I.T.’s Choice of Lecturer Ignited Criticism. So Did Its Decision to Cancel.

Dorian Abbot is a scientist who has opposed aspects of affirmative action. He is now at the center of an argument over free speech and acceptable discourse.

#abbot-dorian, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #race-and-ethnicity, #science-and-technology

How the Nobel Peace Prize Laid Bare the Schism in Russia’s Opposition

Dmitri A. Muratov, a new laureate, engages with the Kremlin, while Aleksei A. Navalny, the most high-profile Putin critic, resists all compromise. The Kremlin capitalizes on the fault line.

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #muratov-dmitri-a, #navalny-aleksei-a, #novaya-gazeta, #politics-and-government, #politkovskaya-anna, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia

A Blackface ‘Othello’ Shocks, and a Professor Steps Back From Class

Students objected after the composer Bright Sheng showed the 1965 film of Laurence Olivier’s “Othello” to his class at the University of Michigan.

#academic-freedom, #apologies, #black-people, #chinese-americans, #classical-music, #colleges-and-universities, #cultural-revolution, #discrimination, #dream-of-the-red-chamber-book, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #michigan, #michigan-daily-the, #olivier-laurence, #othello-play, #race-and-ethnicity, #sheng-bright, #university-of-michigan

What Does a University Owe Democracy?

Academia can still serve the goals of liberty. But first the Coward Culture has to go.

#abbot-dorian, #admissions-standards, #colleges-and-universities, #daniels-ronald-j-1959, #discrimination, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #johns-hopkins-university, #massachusetts-institute-of-technology, #princeton-university, #university-of-chicago