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Freedom of speech news and analysis from The Nation
January 24, 2023
After an Art Controversy, Hamline Faculty Urge Their President to Resign
Many professors said the mishandling of an incident where an adjunct displayed an image of the Prophet Muhammad is dividing the community.
David M. Perry
January 11, 2023
Does Russian Journalism Have a Future?
Reflections of a glasnost-era veteran.
December 9, 2022
Democrats Dodged a Bullet in the Midterms, but the Culture War Is Far From Won
A functioning democracy requires the consent, if not the votes, of a good deal more than half the country.
December 6, 2022
The Supreme Court Has Officially Launched Its War on LGBTQ Rights
On Monday, the court heard
303 Creative v. Elenis
, a case that the theocrats on the court will likely use to undermine marriage equality.
August 31, 2022
The ACLU Fights for Minneapolis
Though international attention has waned, the battle over policing here still rages. Several lawsuits by the ACLU cut to the heart of what’s at stake.
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August 24, 2022
When Rap Lyrics Become Incriminating Speech
The use of their songs in criminal cases has had dire consequences for hip-hop musicians.
August 18, 2022
Why Walden Bello’s Arrest and Detention for Cyberlibel Demands Attention
The charge is a brazen case of weaponing the law against critics.
August 3, 2022
A Letter From the Dacha
In the wake of sanctions against Russia, civilians are spending summer without work, news outlets, and affordable goods.
June 27, 2022
A Football Coach’s Prayer Is Not About Freedom. It’s About Coercion.
In a decision riddled with lies, the Supreme Court rules that a football coach can, should they choose, become a dictator-priest.
June 3, 2022
The Silenced Students in the “Free Speech” Debate
Marginalized people at universities across the country are trying to reframe the conversation around censorship and expression.