"Letter: Free Speech has consequences," The Chicago Tribune, April 2018. In a letter to the editor, a Chicago resident argues that Fox News host Laura Ingraham ought to be held responsible for her actions in the court of public opinion.
"Sex Workers Are Canaries In The Free Speech Coal Mine," Buzzfeed News, March 2018. This op-ed explores the dangerous consequences that the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” poses to sex workers.
"Why I'm suing for my right to flip off the President," The Washington Post, April 2018. Juli Briskman, a Virginia resident who gave the middle finger to President Trump’s motorcade, discusses how employers are suppressing Free Speech in America.
"When Jokes Become a Crime: Free Speech Under Fire in Lebanon," The New York Times, February 2018. A Lebanese comedian is facing criminal charges for jokes that he made while on television.
"Is Twitter Really Censoring Free Speech?" Forbes, January 2018. Kalev Leetaru explores the dangers of censorship and surveillance by social media companies.
"Free Speech and the Necessity of Discomfort," The New York Times, February 2018. Bret Stephens delivered a speech at the University of Michigan in which he discussed the responsibility of journalists to make their readers uncomfortable.
"The Importance of Rudeness," GQ, February 2018. Drew Magary writes that being rude is an important tool in advocating in support of gun control.
"This map shows where more Americans are willing to support free speech," The Washington Post, February 2018. Political scientists at the University of Glasgow and Stellenbosch University investigate geographic trends in the public's support for Free Speech.
"Twitter’s efforts to crack down on abusive speech are bound to backfire," The Washington Post, October 2017.An op-ed from The Washington Post argues that Twitter's attempts to restrict free speech on its platform will end up silencing marginalized voices.
“Federal government has long ignored white supremacist threats, critics say,” The Washington Post, September 2017.
The Washington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Justice has focused resources on combating Islamic terrorism, consequently losing sight of domestic terror threats from the alt-right.
“The Problem With Making Hate Speech Illegal,” Foreign Policy Magazine, August 2017.
In the wake of the tragedy in Charlottesville in August 2017, Suzanne Nossel, executive director of the Pen American Center, contends that hate speech must remain protected by the First Amendment.
“Will Charlottesville Hurt the Movement to Strengthen Free Speech on College Campuses?” Governing, August 2017.
This article questions whether the violence in Charlottesville, including the death of Heather Heyer, will weaken support among Republican state legislators for bills that protect controversial speakers on campus.
“I was detained for protesting Trump. Here’s what the Secret Service asked me,” The Washington Post, August 2017.
Political strategist Melissa Byrne recounts her experience protesting President Donald Trump, expressing concern about how law enforcement officials treat individuals who peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.
“The Most Shortsighted Attack on Free Speech in Modern U.S. History,” The Atlantic, August 2017.
According to Conor Friedersdorf, banning hate speech in response to Charlottesville would seriously jeopardize the civil liberties of liberals in the era of Donald Trump. He strongly cautions against granting President Trump’s administration the ability to label certain political movements as hate groups, as Trump has “already drawn equivalences between white supremacists and the counter-protesters who meet them on the streets,” in Charlottesville.
“What Europe Can Teach America About Free Speech,” The Atlantic, August 2017.
Mila Versteeg, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, recounts her grandfather’s experience during the Holocaust and compares America’s unregulated marketplace of ideas with stricter regulations found in many European countries.
“Is Being a White Supremacist Grounds for Firing?” The Atlantic, August 2017.
This article considers the legal and social permissibility of firing an individual for his or her political beliefs, paying particular attention to the white supremacists fired after marching in Charlottesville, Virginia.
“Threats of political violence rise in polarized Trump era,” The Hill, August 2017.
Melanie Zanona of The Hill contends that the breakdown of civil society is evidenced by an increase in threats of political violence, placing blame for incivility on the tone of Donald Trump’s campaign and subsequent administration.
“Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America,” The New Yorker, August 2017.
Jia Tolentino, an alumna of the University of Virginia, discusses the alleged disparity in how law enforcement officers respond to white versus black protesters, demonstrating continued racism in both Charlottesville and the United States at large.
“Orrin Hatch: White nationalist ideas ‘have no place in civil society,’” The Washington Examiner, August 2017.
This article reports that Senator Orrin Hatch, president pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, responded to the violence in Charlottesville by saying that white supremacists “have no place in civil society.”
“After Charlottesville, more people search Google for ‘psychologist near me,’” The News & Observer, August 2017.
The News & Observer explores the perilous effect that the tragedy in Charlottesville, as well as other breakdowns of civil society, have on the mental health of citizens.
“Anders Gyllenhaal: Do we still believe in free speech? Only until we disagree,” The Morning Call, July 2017.
This opinion-editorial celebrates freedom of speech as “the starting point for all our other rights,” underlining its vital role in American political life.
“Don’t paint all Trump backers as idiots and fools,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 2017.
Christine Flowers’ oped in The Philadelphia Inquirer implores liberals to contend seriously with President Trump’s supporters, instead of calling them “stupid, whether directly to their faces or indirectly with the raised eyebrow of the highbrow.”
“Megyn Kelly fiasco is one more instance of far right outmaneuvering media,” Columbia Journalism Review, June 2017.
This article discusses the perils of mainstream media covering conspiracy theories and falsehoods, paying particular attention to those that emerge from the alt-right movement.
“Sandy Hook Dad: Expose, Shame Sandy Hook 'Hoaxer' Alex Jones In Public,” Hartford Courant, June 2017.
Lenny Pozner, whose son was one of 26 victims killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, urges all citizens “to despise, renounce, shame and shun [conspiracy theorists],” and encourages mainstream media figures to confront falsehoods.
“America’s Lethal Politics,” The New York Times, June 2017.
The editorial board of The New York Times reacts to the politically motivated shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, arguing that guns and ammunition are too easily accessible in the United States.
“Shame on the New York Times. Shame,” National Review, June 2017.
National Review’s David French sharply criticizes The New York Times for incorrectly alleging that the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was linked to “political incitement” from Sarah Palin.
“Blaming ‘heated political rhetoric’ is the most useless response to a shooting,” Vox, June 2017.
This article explores the tendency of rival political factions in American politics to apportion blame to the opposite party in the wake of a tragedy.
“In the era of Trump, liberals must resist calls for civility,” The Los Angeles Times, June 2017.
A letter to the editor of The Los Angeles Times calls for liberals to abandon civility in the fight against President Trump’s agenda.
“Facebook wants to use artificial intelligence to block terrorists online,” The Washington Post, June 2017.
The Washington Post reports on Facebook’s efforts to combat terrorism, bullying, and hate speech through the censorship of certain posts.
“Who’s Afraid of Free Speech?” The Atlantic, June 2017.
In an article written for the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, law professor Thomas Healy explores the role of social pressure and counter-speech in public and academic discourse.
“Free Speech Isn’t Always a Tool of Virtue,” National Review, June 2017.
National Review’s Jonah Goldberg analyzes the history of freedom of speech, drawing distinctions between legal doctrine and cultural practices.
“Symposium: Is Free Speech Under Threat in the United States?” Commentary Magazine, June 2017.
Commentary Magazine’s symposium features prominent voices in the Free Speech debate, including Floyd Abrams, David French, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Robert Zimmer, and many others. Each participant responded to the question, “Is free speech under threat in the United States?”
“Ivanka Trump has noticed a new ‘level of viciousness.’ Its sources are clear,” The Washington Post, June 2017.
The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank levies blame on the Trump family for making national political discourse less civil.
“My daughter died at Sandy Hook. Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex Jones is an insult,” The Washington Post, June 2017.
Nelba L. Márquez-Greene, whose daughter was one of 26 victims killed by a gunman at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, sharply criticizes NBC’s Megyn Kelly for providing air time to Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who claims the tragedy at Sandy Hook never occurred. Márquez-Greene testifies that Jones’ lies caused intense emotional pain for the families of victims.
“Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men From Hate Speech But Not Black Children,” ProPublica, June 2017.
This article explores the procedure used by Facebook to decide which posts are worthy of censorship, paying particular attention to a few unsettling results.
“Free to State: A New Era for the First Amendment,” The Washington Post, June 2017.
This forum, hosted by The Washington Post, engaged key voices in conversations about free speech. Panelists included Floyd Abrams, Jameel Jaffer, Margaret Sullivan, the Presidents of Brown University and the University of Chicago, Sally Quinn, E.J. Dionne, and many others.
“Another Reminder Journalists Aren’t the Enemy of the American People,” The San Diego Union-Tribune, May 2017.
The editorial board of The San Diego Union-Tribune reacted to the physical assault of a reporter by a congressional candidate, praising the role of an independent and free press in America’s democracy.
“Trump the Truth: Free Expression in President Trump's First 100 Days,” PEN America, April 2017.
PEN America’s report studies the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s administration, examining the federal government’s actions relating to freedom of the press, civic discourse, free expression, and government transparency.
“The state of civil discourse in the Trump era,” WJLA, February 2017.
This article, published by the conservative media conglomerate Sinclair Broadcast Group, summarizes increasing hostility faced by congressmen and other governmental officials from protesters since Donald Trump was elected president.