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Freedom of speech
Freedom of speech news and analysis from The Nation
October 6, 2017
High-School Student Activists Have More Rights Than You Might Think
Public school teachers and administrators across the country think they have more power than they actually do—and students need to know.
September 26, 2017
Fearlessly Speaking Truth to Power
The examples of Manning and Kaepernick show some of America’s most powerful institutions treating the truth as an inconvenience or, worse, an enemy to defeat.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
September 8, 2017
Why Berkeley’s Battle Against White Supremacy Is Not About Free Speech
The alt-right’s First Amendment narratives just give cover to campaigns of intimidation.
May 11, 2017
A Journalist Has Been Arrested for Questioning HHS Secretary Tom Price
A West Virginia reporter was treated as “an enemy of the people” for doing his job.
March 17, 2017
The Deeper Lessons of the Incident at Middlebury
The Manichean model of framing political conflicts polarizes public life, unravels the bonds of common citizenship, and doesn’t create a broad majority base for significant change.
Harry C. Boyte
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March 7, 2017
Demand That Trump Appointees and Allies Answer the Question: Will You Defend Freedom of the Press?
Every member of the Trump team should be pressed on the question of whether they will respect the First Amendment to the Constitution they have sworn to uphold.
March 3, 2017
A Memorial for Nat Hentoff
The journalist’s spirit of freewheeling dispute was very much in evidence.
January 30, 2017
Donald Trump’s #MuslimBan Is Indisputably Un-American
Thomas Paine called this country into being as “an asylum for mankind”—not a discriminatory state imposing religious tests on refugees.
January 18, 2017
How to Do Journalism in Trump’s America
To understand what’s driving his supporters, editors need to create a series of new beats.
January 17, 2017
Media, Don’t Play Trump’s Game of Divide and Conquer
Journalists should remember that we all face a common threat from
an administration that is hostile to the very notion of freedom of the press.
Katrina vanden Heuvel