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‘Free speech zones’ and other efforts to limit free speech on campus are igniting controversies across the nation. Chad Zuber/www.shutterstock.com

Four campus free speech problems solved

Though free speech on campus is often a divisive issue, solutions are not hard to find, a First Amendment scholar argues.
The justices have previously ruled that the government cannot compel people to speak its message or associate with ideas they do not hold. www.shutterstock.com

Supreme Court to rule on your First Amendment right to silence

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.
Cartoonist Godfrey Mwampembwa was fired from a leading Kenyan daily newspaper for his political views. Andi Weiland/Flickr

How artistic expression is being stifled in East Africa

New forms of artistic expression are driving debates in East Africa that challenge sensitive subjects. But the backlash has been vicious.
The free speech wars rage on but there is an essential difference between free speech and hate speech. Words shape the way we think about the world. (Jason Rosewell/Unsplash)

Anarchist professor takes on hate speech

Most Canadians are more than happy to support free speech, believing it to be the foundation of democracy. But for speech to be free it must be aligned to freedom itself.
Students from South Plantation High School, carrying placards, protest in support of gun control. Carlos Garcia/Reuters

What the National School Walkout says about schools and free speech

When students walked out of school to protest what they see as lax gun laws, some risked punishment from their schools. But it may be worth it to send a message, a First Amendment scholar argues.
The apparently growing practIce of governments and government officials blocking critics on social media has serious implications for freedom of expression. (Shutterstock)

Why governments must not block social media criticism

Citizens should be free to criticize government authorities on social media platforms, and muzzling such criticism may well be unconstitutional.
The framing of Motion 103, combatting Islamophobia, may seem like a distant concern to the free speech debate in universities, but it is in fact related in the way the so-called “alt-right” uses free speech as a rhetorical prop in their campaigns of ideological intimidation. Here: Protesters rally over motion M-103, the Liberal anti-Islamophobia motion, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in March. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

Transphobia, Islamophobia and the free speech alibi

Right-wing ideologues use free speech as an alibi for their transphobic and Islamophobic rhetoric.
Thomas Hart Benton’s murals at the Indiana University Auditorium depict the social history of the state. Joseph

The misguided campaign to remove a Thomas Hart Benton mural

A controversial panel on Indiana University's campus depicts Ku Klux Klan members, but Benton had a reason for including them. Is avoidance really the best way to deal with dark episodes of the past?

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