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Free Speech news and analysis from The Nation
August 20, 2019
Everything You Think You Know About ‘Free Speech’ Is a Lie
How far-right operatives manufactured the “crisis” of free speech with books, think tanks—and billions of dollars.
August 13, 2019
Fordham’s Students for Justice in Palestine Did More Than Win Club Status
The group’s legal win is also a triumph against the nationwide right-wing push to suppress any free speech that criticizes Israel.
May 20, 2019
Why Fascists Storm Bookstores
A spate of attacks from DC to Berkeley show how far the right will go to shut down free expression.
January 15, 2019
Journalism Is Dangerous Work
At home and abroad, the press is becoming a target of states and individuals.
November 29, 2018
A New Report Charts the Increase in Limitations on Free Speech in Russia
The new restrictions are only being applied to critical and independent voices.
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November 1, 2018
The Future of Net Neutrality
Internet freedom went from hot-button issue to political sideshow. What happened?
October 3, 2018
Eric Reid: Forged in Struggle
After kneeling with Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid is finally back with an NFL team and still speaking truth to power.
August 24, 2018
Free Shahidul Alam, the Photographer of the ‘Majority World’
The acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer, activist, and mentor remains in jail after speaking out against the government.
July 9, 2018
The Dark Money Behind Campus Speech Wars
Speech First has ties to the billionaire Koch brothers and high-profile conservative causes. But the campus culture wars won’t be won in the courts: You can’t litigate students into changing their minds.
May 1, 2018
The ‘People’s Pulitzers’ Salute Those Who Give Voice to the Powerless
The remarkable work of this year’s Hillman Prize winners is a timely reminder of the indispensable role of the free press in sustaining a democracy.
Katrina vanden Heuvel