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Every year, we at FIRE put out our list of the 10 worst colleges for free speech. And this year, surprisingly, half of the schools on the list earned their spot because they threatened faculty’s right to speak out in some way. One institution on that list was Northwestern University. Last year, Northwestern made headlines... Read more Read more


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His trials began with a police bust at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco in October 1961, and ended with an obscenity conviction in New York in November 1964. Stand-up comedy legend Lenny Bruce underwent 35 months—1,062 days—of nonstop persecution and prosecution for the content of his act. It was 50 years ago this month... Read more Read more


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Nationwide polls on support for free speech are full of contradictions. Research conducted by Gallup, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Newseum Institute earlier this year found widespread support from college students for free speech in the abstract. However, the same poll also found tepid support when students were asked about... Read more Read more


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He has a glittering civil liberties résumé: co-founder of Human Rights Watch, president of the Open Society Foundations for nearly 20 years, professor of civil rights law. But before all of that, Aryeh Neier was the executive director of the ACLU during one of its most turbulent moments: when it came to the defense of... Read more Read more


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The 2015–16 school year was a headline-grabbing year for free speech on campus. Even President Barack Obama felt compelled to weigh in on the conversation. Multiple times. In this episode of FIRE’s So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we chat with FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff and FIRE Director of Policy Research Samantha... Read more Read more


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Why would a black criminal defense attorney—who fought against segregation in high school and battled racism in the courtroom—volunteer to defend the First Amendment rights of an Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan? “It is important that the First Amendment be preserved,” said Richmond, Virginia-based attorney David Baugh during an interview for the latest... Read more Read more


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Growing up gay led Glenn Greenwald to question orthodoxy. It also led him to a lifelong passion and appreciation for free speech and open debate. “Once life in some way leads you to start questioning pieties and orthodoxies, you realize how wrong pieties and orthodoxies can be,” said Greenwald during an interview for the latest... Read more Read more


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The fight for free speech has many stories. That’s why FIRE is proud to launch a new free speech podcast, So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, in which we will take an uncensored look at the world of free expression through personal stories and candid conversations. This morning, we released the first of our bi-weekly... Read more Read more



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