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Emory University will host "Academic Freedom and Free Speech on Campus." Read more


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By Catherine J. Ross Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (“CPAC”) on March 2, President Trump announced plans to sign an executive order “very soon” that would “require colleges to support free speech if they want federal research” funds. (Maureen Groppe & Sean Rossman, President Donald Trump, in CPAC speech, said he’ll sign ‘free speech’... Read more Read more


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2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Brandenburg v. Ohio, the 1969 case that established when political speech can be suppressed for inciting lawless action. Read more


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The post below is another essay in response to Justice Clarence Thomas’s concurrence from a denial of certiorari in the case of McKee v. Cosby (2019). The previous post was by Lee Levine & Stephen Wermiel: Dubious Doubts and ‘the Central Meaning of the First Amendment’—A Preliminary Reply to Justice Thomas (March 1, 2019). ___________... Read more Read more


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The Newseum, where I worked as part of its First Amendment Center, will close at the end of 2019. In that regard, I asked one of my colleagues, Paul Sparrow, to write a few words about the Newseum and its history. I also invited another one of my colleagues, Paul McMasters, to prepare a follow-up... Read more Read more


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Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Announces Knight Foundation Grant:  The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is investing $10 million in the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. This grant comes as part of the Foundation’s pledge to double its commitment to strengthening journalism to $300 million over the next five years. “To... Read more Read more


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This is the second installment of a two-part essay by Robert Corn-Revere. The first part of the essay was titled “Can the President Treat the Press as the Enemy of the People?” (FAN 201.2). ___________ The Retaliator in Chief: The Case Against Donald J. Trump by Robert Corn-Revere The Office of the President and the press have an... Read more Read more


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By Lee Levine and Stephen Wermiel There are any number of obvious responses to Justice Clarence Thomas’s misguided assertion in McKee v. Cosby (2019) that New York Times v. Sullivan (1964) ought to be overruled. They include the overwhelming academic consensus applauding the decision both at the time and thereafter; the proper role of original intent in... Read more Read more


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Last month, Lisa S. Blatt, counsel of record, filed a cert. petition in Knox v. Pennsylvania. The issue in that case is: “This case raises a critically important and frequently recurring First Amendment question that has intractably divided federal courts of appeals and state high courts: whether, to establish that a statement is an unprotected ‘true threat,’... Read more Read more


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On October 16, 2018, PEN America, an association of writers and other literary and media professionals, filed suit against President Donald Trump. The suit challenged his persistent use of threats and retaliatory acts against the press as a violation of the First Amendment. An amended complaint in that action was filed on February 6, 2019,... Read more Read more



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