Latest Freedom of speech News

Jones wants Sandy Hook 'hoax' case jury to hear his defenses

Nov. 29, 2021 17:31 PM EST

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Infowars host Alex Jones' lawyers are trying to get his free speech defense and other claims before a jury to argue that he is not liable for damages for calling the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax years ago. The effort comes...

Former Pentagon chief sues to publish material in memoir

Nov. 28, 2021 20:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper claims in a lawsuit against the Defense Department that material is being improperly withheld from his use as he seeks to publish an “unvarnished and candid memoir" of his time in President Donald Trump's Cabinet. ...

Brooklyn Center officials ponder curfew with Potter verdict

Nov. 28, 2021 11:00 AM EST

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — City officials in Brooklyn Center are debating whether a curfew is needed when a verdict is reached in the trial of Kimberly Potter, the police officer charged with manslaughter in the death last spring of Daunte Wright. Council members...

WTA remains "concerned' about Peng's ability to speak freely

Nov. 27, 2021 22:38 PM EST

Steve Simon, the head of the WTA, says he remains “deeply concerned” about the whereabouts of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai and her ability to “communicate freely, openly and directly" after allegations that a powerful politician forced her to have sex. Peng, a...

Ethiopia seeks to restrict media reporting on yearlong war

Nov. 26, 2021 08:18 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s government has issued a new order aiming to restrict media reporting of the country’s yearlong war, prohibiting the sharing of non-official information on “military-related movements, battlefront results and situations.” The...

Pakistan woman journalist targeted in eastern city of Lahore

Nov. 25, 2021 13:31 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — An assailant targeted a female Pakistani journalist in the eastern city of Lahore while she was driving with her daughter and sister late at night, the police said Thursday. The attacker used an iron bar to smash the car’s front windshield in...

Montgomery faces fine, lawsuit for dropping Confederate name

Nov. 25, 2021 11:39 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital city last month removed the Confederate president's name from an avenue and renamed it after a lawyer known for his work during the civil rights movement. Now the state attorney general says the city must pay a fine or face a...

White House: 92% of fed workers under mandate are vaccinated

Nov. 24, 2021 16:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration's vaccine mandate for millions of federal workers seems to be working, with no apparent disruption to law enforcement, intelligence-gathering or holiday travel. On Tuesday, one day after the deadline for compliance, 92% of the...

Appeals court: Albuquerque ordinance violates 1st Amendment

Nov. 24, 2021 16:01 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's ruling that an Albuquerque ordinance aimed at curbing panhandling in certain places wasn't sufficiently narrow to avoid violating First Amendment rights. The city's ordinance prohibits...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Nov. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 21 The Chicago Tribune on the aftershocks of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict: What a seismic difference a trial has made to public and media perceptions of Kyle...