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Free Speech Defender-Superstar Photos!

By |2019-03-15T17:07:32-04:00November 30th, 2011|Blog|

Last night we celebrated a bunch of amazing defenders of Free Speech at Tribeca 360 in Manhattan. We have pictures! Here's a taste: Judy Blume presents Laurie Halse Anderson with her Free Speech Defender award! We all honored Laurie for continuing to write awesome, challenging books for kids of all ages. Publisher Jane Friedman and Kaylie Jones! This year, Kaylie [...]

NCAC Executive Director on Ward Churchill and protecting controversial speech

By |2019-03-07T23:00:40-04:00July 9th, 2009|Blog|

A court Tuesday upheld the University of Colorado’s firing of professor Ward Churchill after controversy arose from his essay which referred to victims of the 9/11 attacks as “little Eichmanns.” Judge Larry Naves ruled that Churchill would neither get his job back nor receive financial compensation. According to the LA Times, in ruling, the Judge stated “I am bound by [...]

NCAC’s Executive Director on the free speech controversy in the Netherlands

By |2016-01-14T15:59:50-04:00February 6th, 2009|Blog|

NCAC's director Joan Bertin responds to Ian Buruma's op-ed on the Dutch legislator Geert Wilders in a recent letter to the editor in The New York Times. According to Bertin: Ian Buruma is right to note how ironic it is that the Dutch legislator Geert Wilders is becoming a free speech martyr while seeking to ban the Koran. But Mr. Buruma [...]