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Free Speech news and analysis from The Nation
August 11, 2021
At Risk in Israel’s Backlash Against Ben and Jerry’s? The Right to Protest.
Israel’s push to punish the ice cream company is part of a larger offensive against Palestine activists—one that mirrors the broader right-wing assault on social justice movements.
August 5, 2021
From a High-School Cheerleader, a Lesson in Free Speech
As school resumes, the Supreme Court’s decision in the most significant student free speech case in decades reverberates across the country.
June 21, 2021
Dark Money, the Supreme Court, and the Fate of LGBTQ+ Rights
The NAACP, the ACLU, and the Human Rights Campaign—the country’s largest LGBTQ+ political organization—have all joined forces with the Koch network–funded Americans for Prosperity to defend the role of dark money in politics.
June 7, 2021
When Sensitivity Becomes Censorship
A restrictionist mentality is taking over certain segments of the left.
May 20, 2021
I Will Not Be Silenced Because I Demand Justice for Palestine
Like many Palestinians, I have been attacked and punished for criticizing Israel. Now I’m filing a civil rights complaint against my university for encouraging those attacks.
Ahmad Omar Daraldik
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February 11, 2021
Fox News Should Pay for the Lies and Slander It Helped Promote
The media giant is facing a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit from voting machine maker Smartmatic—and it’s prepared to play ruthless legal hardball to win.
January 25, 2021
The High Cost of Quieting Down Trump
In a misguided effort to create the illusion of balance, centrist institutions are silencing voices that make conservatives mad.
January 13, 2021
Tech Giants Can’t Be Trusted to Police Speech
The job of regulating incendiary discourse belongs to democratically elected governments, not powerful private interests.
January 5, 2021
Ruling Assange Can’t Be Extradited Is an Indictment of US Prisons
But the British court judgment, which is likely to be appealed, also delivers a body blow to freedom of speech.
July 10, 2020
The Left Needs to Reclaim Free Speech
Just because some who complain about censorship are hypocrites, privileged elitists, or defensive bigots, that doesn’t mean we should abandon the ideal of robust debate.