Tag Archives: First Amendment
We’re still seeing the Espionage Act used to kill free speech on a regular basis today, just over a century since its passage into law.
[Trump] has: “engaged in conduct intended to retaliate against specific news organizations and journalists whose content and viewpoints displease him. Through his actions, Trump has intentionally conveyed to all writers and journalists that …they may be subject to retaliation by the federal government. That conduct violates the Constitution.” By Steve Denning Senior Contributor Leadership Strategy Forbes October […]
“We miss you Mr. Phil.”
“You know, the way First Amendment rights have been eroding, this jury at least believes that the government has been too restrictive with speech.”
In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott by Glenn Greenwald
It’s hard to imagine a law that more directly violates the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech than one that seeks to deny people benefits for which everyone else is eligible due solely to the state’s disapproval of their political views and activism.
But when people do go into the street and are arrested, what then? When they put their bodies on the line and the state creates a new law to criminalize that resistance, what then?
Establishment journalists failed their “first they came for the Communists…” moment at the very beginning of the Trump administration, when DC police arrested and charged at least nine alternative journalists for covering protests at Trump’s inauguration that included property damage. BY JANINE JACKSON FAIR May 25, 2017 It is heartening at least that Montana newspapers […]
People who broke no windows and set no fires face up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
The most common attack on First Amendment freedom is a subpoena seeking access to “unpublished materials.” Nearly half of editors said they have confronted this situation recently. Less frequent are attacks in the form of libel lawsuits, censorship efforts, or pressure to reveal confidential sources.
…the groups note, “documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that the FBI continuously invokes counterterrorism authorities to monitor groups it admits are peaceful and nonviolent.”
“We owe this Orwellian shift in thinking to a growing number of court decisions, among them Citizens United, that define corporations as people and their business practices as speech.”
Our defense of speech regardless of speaker comes down to a simple truth: once you give the government the ability to silence unpopular speech, no one is safe. First Amendment By Gabe Rottman, Legislative Counsel, ACLU Washington Legislative Office October 22, 2014 In honor of Free Speech Week, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the obvious. […]
Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality
Each legal observer arrested in Ferguson was “arrested for doing their job,” NLG interim executive director Dan Gregor said. Gregor described other concerns he had with the kind of “police overreaching” that had occurred in Ferguson. By Kevin Gosztola The Dissenter FireDogLake,com August 30, 2014 The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in […]
Nozomi Hayase: WikiLeaks’ “Mediastan”; The True Fifth Estate Bringing the First Amendment to the World
“Freedom of Speech is a truly liberational force in the world. It allows us to challenge, and if necessary, reject or dismantle official narratives and structures. It frees thoughts and feelings from the governance of state and corporate power.” By Nozomi Hayase Sunday, 03 November 2013 Truthout.org | Film Review (Image: Journeyman Pictures) Mediastan is a documentary film […]
“In the long run, denunciations of the surveillance state will mean little unless we can build the political capacity to end it.” by Norman Solomon Published on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Common Dreams (Photo: David Burnett/Contact Press Images) For more than a month, outrage has been profuse in response to news about NSA surveillance and other evidence […]
Below are links to a number of articles about Edward Snowden, the NSA, security, and journalism. This list is by no means inclusive of the number of articles and interviews around these topics. Nuremberg Principles Trial Of Americans: Multiple Choice Question For Antiwar Journalists June 12 On PRISM, partisanship and propaganda | Glenn Greenwald | June 14 […]
Young Turks> Hours Before His Death Michael Hastings Contacted Wikileaks Attorney Said FBI Was Investigating Him
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Jon Stewart Comedy Central Click to watch a video of the show: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart ESTHER ZUCKERMAN APR 25, 2013 The Atlantic Wire On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart explained how, in the wake of the Boston bombing and at the beginning of the controversial prosecution of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Fox News went all willy […]