Latest Freedom of speech News

Apple, Google raise new concerns by yanking Russian app

Sep. 22, 2021 03:04 AM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Big Tech companies that operate around the globe have long promised to obey local laws and to protect civil rights while doing business. But when Apple and Google capitulated to Russian demands and removed a political-opposition app from their local app stores, it...

Trump sues niece, NY Times over records behind '18 tax story

Sep. 22, 2021 02:44 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued his estranged niece and The New York Times over a 2018 story about his family’s wealth and tax practices that was partly based on confidential documents she provided to the newspaper’s reporters. ...

Republicans sue over excess campaign donations to Whitmer

Sep. 21, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Republican Party on Tuesday sued to stop Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's reelection campaign from collecting excess donations, contending that an exception letting her raise unlimited amounts because of attempts to recall her from office is unconstitutional. ...

German court orders removal of 'Hang the Greens' posters

Sep. 21, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Tuesday ordered a small far-right party to take down election posters with the slogan “Hang the Greens,” overturning a decision by a lower court and ruling that the posters were a danger to public safety. Authorities in the eastern...

Lawyer says US journalist in Myanmar jail seems disheartened

Sep. 20, 2021 20:46 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. journalist Danny Fenster, imprisoned in Myanmar for almost four months while awaiting trial, appeared disheartened during a court hearing Monday, his lawyer said. Fenster has been charged with incitement — spreading inflammatory information — an...

Court: Cincinnati billboard tax violates First Amendment

Sep. 16, 2021 10:26 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A tax levied by the city of Cincinnati on billboard companies in an effort to close a budget shortfall is an unconstitutional of First Amendment rights to free speech, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Justice Sharon Kennedy, writing the...

Court rejects lawsuit against NSA on "state secrets" grounds

Sep. 15, 2021 19:49 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A divided federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an ACLU lawsuit challenging a portion of the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance of Americans' international email and phone communications. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court...

Judge tosses Little Rock police chief's suit against union

Sep. 15, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the Little Rock police chief's lawsuit against the local police union and several current and former officers that accused them of conspiring to force him out of his job. U.S. District Judge Jay Moody...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Sep. 15, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. September 8, 2021. Editorial: Consider COVID tests part of your duty to others Minnesota has prioritized no-cost, convenient options, and regular testing is key to controlling spread. Those who enjoyed...

Egyptian activist stands trial after 19-month detention

Sep. 14, 2021 13:14 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The trial of an Egyptian activist and researcher who has been imprisoned for over a year and a half began Tuesday, his lawyers said. His case has drawn significant international attention, particularly in Italy, where he studied, and has become a high-profile example of the...