Latest Freedom of speech News

AP FACT CHECK: Impeachment hearings and that Trump tweet

Nov. 16, 2019 1:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he was just exercising his right to free speech. Democrats said he was intimidating a witness. Whichever is the case, Trump’s Twitter assault on an ex-ambassador’s record came with a heavy dose of distortion. He portrayed her, in a few choice...

Sweden rejects Chinese criticism of press freedom prize

Nov. 15, 2019 4:56 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s culture minister on Friday awarded the annual Tucholsky literary prize to a Chinese author despite a threat from the Chinese ambassador to ban her from entering the country. Author Gui Minhai, a naturalized Swede and co-owner of a Hong Kong store that sold gossipy books...

Judge denies Memphis request to change surveillance order

Nov. 15, 2019 4:46 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge in Memphis, Tennessee, has denied a request to modify a decades-old order barring the city from engaging in surveillance of protesters and activists. U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla’s ruling Wednesday responds to a sealed motion by the city of Memphis seeking to...

Bolivian interim leader says Morales can’t run in new vote

Nov. 14, 2019 7:38 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales cannot run as a candidate in any new elections, the country’s interim leader said Thursday, as supporters of the ousted president demonstrated for his return from asylum in Mexico. “Evo: Friend, the people are with...

In Cuba, Spanish king calls for political diversity

Nov. 14, 2019 6:47 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — Spanish King Felipe VI has called for political diversity and freedom of expression during an official visit to Cuba. The king, who was ending his trip on Thursday, said he hopes Cuba turns to a multi-party political model that guarantees media rights. At a Wednesday dinner with Cuban...

Charlottesville suit seeks to link online talk to violence

Nov. 14, 2019 3:41 PM EST

The white nationalist rally that took a deadly turn in Charlottesville, Virginia, during the summer of 2017 shocked Americans with its front-row view of hatred on the rise. But weeks before the violence, organizers were making preparations for the gathering in a corner of the internet. Using a private server on a...

Professor: I canceled conservative speaker’s Ole Miss visit

Nov. 14, 2019 10:06 AM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A conservative commentator was able to deliver her lecture at the University of Mississippi, saying “it’s comforting to see that Ole Miss is still a place where free speech is welcome.” Daily Wire contributor Elisha Krauss’ lecture was moved to the student...

Judge orders anti-Edwards ad down in Louisiana governor race

Nov. 13, 2019 2:08 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A New Orleans judge ordered Republican groups to remove their TV attack ad against Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards from the air Wednesday after a lawsuit challenged the ad’s claims as “demonstrably false.” The temporary restraining order from Civil District...

Wisconsin board backs away from free speech restrictions

Nov. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EST

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — A county board in southern Wisconsin has backed away from a plan to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study and discipline elected officials for how they handle information about the research. The Lafayette County Board on Tuesday night put off a decision...

Free speech rights a concern in Wisconsin water resolution

Nov. 12, 2019 2:10 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A southwestern Wisconsin county council on Tuesday dropped a proposal to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study but could still decide to discipline any county officials who talk about the research without government approval. The Lafayette County Land...