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Free Speech news and analysis from The Nation
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.
April 1, 2020
Campuses Are Closed, but Student Journalists Are Still Working
Even while they move back home or look for a new place to live, adjust to online learning, and look for extra income, student journalists are still reporting.
Rebecca Duke Wiesenberg
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January 22, 2020
Why Glenn Greenwald’s Prosecution Is an Outrage
Advocacy groups say attacks on the press are on the rise—particularly in Bolsonaro’s Brazil.
December 19, 2019
The Push to Quash Criticism of Israel Is a Push to Quash Free Speech
It is not anti-Semitism to criticize a state for enshrining inequality.
November 8, 2019
The Chinese Government Cannot Be Allowed to Undermine Academic Freedom
Universities are not taking seriously Beijing’s efforts to stifle free speech on campus.
October 16, 2019
Colleges Are Spreading Trump’s Disingenuous Notion of ‘Free Speech’
In the name of free speech, universities are suppressing student protests in increasingly draconian ways.
September 4, 2019
Bret Stephens vs. Bedbug-Man
Bedbugs like to hide in small cracks and crevices—but they can’t get into safe spaces.