"Free speech cannot be sacrificed to strike fake news," The Hill, April 2018. Sandeep Gopalan, a professor of law at Deakin University in Australia, explains why the problem of “fake news” should not, and cannot effectually, be addressed by anti-fake news laws.
"The Free Speech States," The Wall Street Journal, March 2018. A report from The Free Speech Institute explores and evaluates how each state handles political contributions.
“Why the ACLU is adjusting its approach to ‘free speech’ after Charlottesville,” Vox, August 2017.
Vox’s Dara Lind reviews the criticism that the American Civil Liberties Union faced in the wake of events in Charlottesville, noting that the organization may begin considering whether or not protesters are armed before defending their right to protest.
“The A.C.L.U. Needs to Rethink Free Speech,” The New York Times, August 2017.
K-Sue Park, a former volunteer for the American Civil Liberties Union, encourages the organization to learn the lessons of Charlottesville and embrace more “contextual, creative advocacy.”
“A Sad and Terrible Verdict in Massachusetts,” National Review, June 2017.
National Review’s David French criticizes the conviction of a young woman charged with involuntary manslaughter after she encouraged her boyfriend to commit suicide. French argues that the defendant’s speech, though reprehensible, was likely protected by the First Amendment.
“In Major Free Speech Victory, SCOTUS Rules for 'The Slants' and Strikes Down Federal Trademark Restriction,” Reason.com, June 2017.
This article analyzes a recent Supreme Court ruling that the First Amendment protects the right to use an offensive term when registering a trademark.
“Can Words Kill People?” The Washington Post, June 2017.
Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker asserts that words cannot kill people and criticizes the conviction of a Massachusetts woman who encouraged her boyfriend to kill himself.
“Howard Dean's wrong tweet that the Constitution doesn't protect 'hate speech,’” Politifact, April 2017.
Responding to Ann Coulter’s cancelled appearance at the University of California, Berkeley, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean tweeted that “hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment.” Politifact rated this statement as false, citing numerous Supreme Court cases in which the First Amendment was applied to protect hate speech.