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“Do we as a nation still have the same commitment to freedom of speech that America’s founders envisioned?” That was among the questions debated last week at the Newseum’s Free Speech Week panel discussion, “Free Speech: Still the ‘American Way’?” The Newseum has now posted video of last Thursday’s event to its YouTube channel, so... Read more Read more


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We hope you’ve enjoyed celebrating Free Speech Week with FIRE. Even though our series ends today, don’t let the fun end here! Keep the celebration going by hosting a screening of Can We Take A  Joke? on your campus. FIRE supported this important documentary to explore how comedy has been one of the casualties of... Read more Read more


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Since the start of the academic year, students across the country have been engaging in free speech by taking part in the political process and supporting their candidates of choice. The candidates have been able to speak their minds this election cycle, but that hasn’t always been the case for students trying to express their... Read more Read more


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In a piece last week for TIME’s Ideas blog, the executive director of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), Cliff Maloney Jr., drew attention to a problem that FIRE confronts every day in our work: restrictive speech codes on college campuses. As Maloney notes, colleges and universities across the country maintain policies that limit what students... Read more Read more


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On Monday, PEN America released “And Campus For All: Diversity, Inclusion, and Free Speech at U.S. Universities,” a thorough, thoughtful report on current tensions and challenges facing freedom of expression on our nation’s college campuses. PEN America is the American affiliate of PEN International, a global advocacy organization dedicated to “unit[ing] writers and their allies... Read more Read more


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“How do you make the case for freedom of speech these days?,” asks Brendan O’Neill in the latest episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast. The question is a serious one for O’Neill. As the editor of the online British current-affairs magazine spiked, he is on the front lines every day fighting to... Read more Read more


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People wishing to express their opinions outside tonight’s third and final presidential debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ (UNLV’s) Thomas & Mack Center should prepare for a long walk. A “public expression area” has been set up at 4700 Paradise Road, more than half a mile from the debate hall. Google Maps estimates... Read more Read more


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Northwestern University has agreed to revise many of its restrictions on football players’ free speech rights after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) declared several provisions of its Football Handbook “unlawfully overbroad.” The NLRB’s opinion and Northwestern’s policy revisions granting football players greater freedom of speech come at a time of intense controversy regarding the... Read more Read more


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PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 18, 2016—The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is excited to announce the launch of its new Speech, Outreach, Advocacy, and Research (SOAR) project. Made possible by a $2.5 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation, this ambitious three-year project will provide FIRE with the tools necessary to conduct polling on campus... Read more Read more


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FIRE is celebrating Free Speech Week to help raise awareness about this important right that all Americans share. To kick things off for this annual celebration of free speech, we’re helping students and faculty celebrate with a swag giveaway! Over the summer, FIRE staff designed mini “free speech wall” whiteboards to encourage student expression on... Read more Read more



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