Removals of Alex Jones’s content from online platforms raise questions about content regulation, censorship and who chooses what we can see, and shine a harsh light on the challenges tech companies face in applying their own content guidelines.
Nadine Strossen’s new book, HATE, is a clear and forceful polemic that deserves a wide audience. The book brilliantly revitalizes a classical liberal argument about the importance of countering hate speech with more speech, not enforced silence.
NCAC is urging a Maryland school district to allow its teachers to display a series of posters promoting diversity and inclusion in America after administrators ordered their removal over concerns of political bias.
The posters were deemed to break the school’s policy that forbids classroom materials that attempt to sway the political opinions of students.
A group of parents claim the New Trier High School’s Seminar Day does not include a fair balance of perspective.
The American Bar Association’s vaguely worded harassment policy has wide-reaching implications on speech limitations of lawyers
After the death of Philando Castile, Facebook delineated it’s policy on posts containing violence. It should do the same for all content deemed controversial.
Does art that offends belong in a government building? That’s the debate unfolding in Denver, after a student’s painting that likens police to the Ku Klux Klan was displayed in the city’s Webb Building.
According to black students, the problems they face on campus — like poor retention and graduation rates and less financial aid — existed before the video surfaced. Perhaps there’s a problem at OU that goes beyond the reprehensible acts of some students on a party bus.
The right-wing provocateur has the right to say what she wants. Does she think Arabs and Muslims have the same rights?
The University of Oklahoma’s decision to expel two students over a racist fraternity video violates the First Amendment. But what are the deeper lessons about this incident?
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, there are plenty of serious questions to ask about the state of free speech in France–and everywhere else.
Many US media outlets are reporting on the Charlie Hebdo massacre–but pointedly avoiding showing the images at the center of the story.
To outsiders, 21st century Britain must look like a pretty liberal country. We don’t imprison people for their political opinions. We no longer seek to ban so-called “obscene” novels, as the authorities tried to do with D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” when the unexpurgated version was first published in 1960. We got rid of our blasphemy laws in 2008. The British Board of Film Classification now okays the cinematic release […]
In the coming weeks we will be featuring posts from our smart and savvy summer interns. This post is by programs intern Eli Siems. Eli is a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a degree in English. He is passionate about literature in all forms, particularly poetry, and his love of letters has led him to […]
The staff at The Visceglia Gallery were very much looking forward to the opening of its GET IT ON THE RECORD exhibit, a collection of works by twenty-one African-American artists investigating the “collective history of Black America.” As part of the exhibit, poet Amiri Baraka had been invited to speak. That invitation was rescinded, however, because […]
In July, 2010, NCAC joins The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, The Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, and The Pennsylvania Center for The First Amendment in a friend of the court brief in the Supreme Court in support of the right to protest.
Last week, two public universities struggled with how to respond to student outrage. Eleven students were arrested at the University of California at Irvine for disrupting the speech of Israeli ambassador Michael Oren. Meanwhile, the University of Oregon has been exploring ways of expelling Pacifica Forum, a “hate group” (according to the Southern Law Poverty […]
In an impassioned speech at the Newseum in Washington on January 21, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attacked countries who limit the free circulation of peaceful dissent and religious ideas on the Internet and those who use the Internet for the “darker purposes” of promoting violence and making sexual advances on minors. She also spoke […]
It started with an invitation and ended with pepper spray and Tasers. This past April, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill chapter of Youth for Western Civilization, a student group dedicated to the survival of Western civilization, invited former Colorado state congressman Tom Tancredo to come offer his opinions on tuition assistance for undocumented immigrant […]