Last year, Kansas passed a law requiring state contractors to certify that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel, and prohibiting them from participating in “Boycott, Divestment, Sanction” (BDS) campaigns.» Read More
Julia Schwarz has joined FIRE as our new Faculty Outreach Fellow.» Read More
Every year, FIRE chooses the 10 worst colleges for free speech — and unfortunately, the past year left us with plenty of options.» Read More
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Earlier this month, UK magazine sp!ked released their fourth annual Free Speech University Rankings. sp!ked’s report, inspired by FIRE’s own Spotlight database, rates 115 UK universities on a three-tier, Red, Amber, and Green light system.» Read More
On Wednesday, Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah announced that he was introducing legislation to protect free speech on campus. The bill, called the “Free Right to Expression in Education Act,” would prohibit public institutions of higher education from quarantining free expression into small, misleadingly labeled “free speech zones” on their campuses. If enacted, the measure would free tens of thousands of public university students from these restrictive, unconstitutional zones.» Read More
Online outrage mobs are all the rage recently, standing at the ready to inundate colleges and universities with demands to punish a student or professor the moment they say something that offends others. Unfortunately, administrators too often capitulate, abandoning the principles of free speech that they are bound, either legally or by virtue of the promises they have made, to uphold. As I posited last month, administrators may be so willing to forsake freedom of expression when faced with a horde of angry internet denizens because they fear that if they do not, the bombardment will continue, keeping their institution in a negative press cycle and giving the impression that they do not take whatever issue is at stake seriously enough.» Read More
Former University of Central Florida backup kicker Donald De La Haye has filed a complaint in federal court alleging that school administrators rescinded his athletic scholarship in violation of his First Amendment rights. The lawsuit is the latest attempt to establish the free speech rights of college student-athletes.» Read More
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If you want to get a sense of the power of student activists’ voices, simply look at the lengths to which authoritarians will go to ensure they can’t be heard. In just the past few weeks, students around the world have faced investigations, expulsions, and arrests — all because they spoke out.
#MeToo meets censorship in China
It’s no surprise that students in China — where censorship is the rule, rather than the exception — face consequences for their expression. This time, it’s for sharing their thoughts on the growing #MeToo movement.
Over the course of this week, FIRE will be featuring the winning essays from our 2017–2018 Free Speech Essay Contest. Today’s essay is from Bhargavi Garimella, of Leland High School in San Jose, California. Her essay is below.
Colleges have long been hailed as a marketplace of ideas: a long-standing forum for intellectual discussion in modern society. It is this very characteristic that enables social change and upholds the pillars of a free society. But a prerequisite to intellectual discussion is an equal inclusion of viewpoints. The exclusion of certain viewpoints through censorship hampers this dialogue and in turn, [...] » Read More