Union Square: contentious political rallies helped progressive social reformers argue for the protection of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly.
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New York's Union Square is an important site in American labor history. One scholar's research illustrates the shifting meanings and inherent tensions of public space as an epicenter of civic life.
Protestors make their voices heard in New York City following Donald Trump’s 2016 election.
In Trump's America, there is a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature and scope of the First Amendment.
Australian federal police entering the Australian Broadcast Company headquarters on June 5, 2019.
A.B.C. screenshot from videotape
An American media scholar studying in Australia looks at the protections offered by the two countries for investigative reporting, raising crucial questions about journalism's role in democracy.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Southwark Crown Court in London, May 1, 2019.
Julian Assange's indictment under the Espionage Act, a sweeping law with heavy penalties for unauthorized receiving or disclosing of classified information, poses a threat to press freedom.
Julian Assange goes back to court in London on May 2.
The US indicted WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange for conspiring to hack into a government computer. But the prosecution of Assange may also pose a risk to the rights of journalists in the US.
Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor in chief of WikiLeaks, and barrister Jennifer Robinson talk to the media after Julian Assange’s arrest in London.
It's dangerous for the press to take up Julian Assange's cause, two journalism scholars write. Assange is no journalist, they say, and making him out to be one is likely to damage press freedoms.
The Constitution is interpreted differently by the alt-right.
The growing number of self-taught, right-wing experts on the Constitution believe not only in the rights of white people, but have a comprehensive – if not comprehensible – view of the Constitution.
More states are passing laws that deal with campus free speech.
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As more states move pass laws that deal with free speech on campus, a higher education scholar asks if they are moving in the right direction.
The 40-foot Peace Cross dedicated to World War I soldiers.
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A case regarding the constitutional validity of a cross shaped war memorial, is pending before the Supreme Court. An expert explains why these symbols have different meanings.
Jamal Knox, the rapper known as ‘Mayhem Mal.’
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Rapper Jamal Knox was convicted of making terroristic threats against two Pittsburgh police officers in a rap song. Now his case is before the Supreme Court, with serious implications for free speech.
Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Donald Trump.
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Americans are overwhelmingly committed to a free press and hostile to government restrictions, a new poll finds. But the country is divided on the meaning of President Trump's attacks on the press.
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins in front of the White House.
AP Photo/Alex Brandon
The Trump administration's hostility toward journalists is raising new questions about what rights journalists have to access government officials and events.
Alex Jones speaks during a rally for candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
Confrontational characters spouting conspiracy theories and fringe ideas have been around since American broadcasting began. With Alex Jones banished from the web, someone else will take his place.
Plaintiff Mark Janus, right, leaves the the Supreme Court Wednesday.
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The Supreme Court's Janus ruling extends strong protection to the First Amendment 'right of silence' and continues their trend of expanding First Amendment rights, often at the behest of conservatives.
Pastors kneel in prayer in front of the Supreme Court, as a counter-protester holds a sign that says “What’s Christian About Discrimination.”
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Arguments on religious freedom have taken place throughout US history and have landed in the Supreme Court as well. Interpretations have changed over time.
Funeral services took place for Benjamin Andrew Wheeler, one of the students killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, while a hearse with another shooting victim drives by.
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Family members of Sandy Hook victims sued media personality Alex Jones over his claims that the killings were a hoax they participated in. Current law makes their lawsuit unnecessarily hard to prove.
The president uses his Twitter feed to make official announcements.
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A Twitter account used for official purposes is a public forum protected by the First Amendment, a federal appeals court has ruled.
The justices have previously ruled that the government cannot compel people to speak its message or associate with ideas they do not hold.
Most people know that the First Amendment protects free speech. But two upcoming Supreme Court cases reveal how it also gives people in the US the right not to speak.
A 1979 image that shows disciples of Rajneesh lying on the ground, in meditation at the mystic’s headquarters in Poona, India.
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A scholar explains the popular use of the label 'cult,' and what makes it problematic.
Derek Cote, a homeless man, panhandling in the median strip on a street in Portland, Maine.
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The First Amendment protects everything from porn to hateful signs outside military funerals. That includes fundraising pitches of all kinds.