Political Expression

Niche-Niche: Wikipedia refuses to remove content contrary to German lawyer’s cease and desist letters

By |2019-03-07T21:50:44-04:00January 7th, 2010|Blog|

The First Amendment provides American-based websites with the freedom to report on newsworthy events, including those that happen in other countries to citizens of other countries. Yet, the global nature of the Internet opens it up to legal challenges from countries with more restrictive speech regimes. Last fall, for instance, lawyers for the convicted murderers of German actor Walter Sedlmayr [...]

Under Pressure from Police, Parole Board Stops Levasseur from Speaking at UMass Amherst

By |2016-01-14T15:36:23-04:00November 12th, 2009|Blog|

After being dis-invited upon pressure from Governor Deval Patrick and then re-invited by a faculty group, Ray Luc Levasseur is now stopped from speaking at The University of Massachusetts - Amherst because his parole board refused to let him leave Maine. The parole board has not given any reasons for this decision, but two facts make us suspect it was [...]

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 [...]

Musical Theatre Drama: The Scott Eckern Saga

By |2019-03-12T18:32:02-04:00November 13th, 2008|Blog|

Artistic director of California Musical Theatre, Scott Eckern, resigned Monday after his donation towards Proposition 8 – which will overturn gay marriage in California – was disclosed. Following the discovery of his $1000 contribution, many in the theatre community began calling for a boycott of Eckern and the theatre.  Despite an apology from Eckern, pressure continued and he ultimately resigned [...]