Latest Freedom of speech News

Firm unveils new promises in bid to buy dot-org registry

Feb. 21, 2020 8:01 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A private equity firm announced Friday what it calls legally binding commitments designed to ease concerns that its proposed $1.1 billion private takeover of the dot-org domain-setting registry would lead to price gouging and censorship. Ethos Capital wants to buy the Public Interest...

FILE - This Nov. 21, 2019 file photo shows signs posted on windows and doors at Syracuse University displaying anti-racism expressions in Syracuse, N.Y. Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud has lifted the suspensions of 30 student protesters to allow the university to

Syracuse University lifts suspensions of racism protesters

Feb. 20, 2020 2:08 PM EST

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud has lifted the suspensions of 30 student protesters to allow the university to "step back from the edge” and address reports of racist graffiti and other bias-related incidents on campus, he told the university's governing body. As...

A protester plays a drum and sings at the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in protest of the House voting on a bill that would criminalize the

House passes 'riot boosting' bill amid protests

Feb. 18, 2020 9:07 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota House passed a bill Tuesday pushed by Gov. Kristi Noem that would revamp the state's riot laws with criminal and civil penalties for those who urge rioting. The push has sparked conflict between Noem and Native American tribal members, who say the law is an attempt to...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, Republican Rep. Brady Brammer, poses for a portrait at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City. A proposal to require warning labels on pornography in Utah passed the state House on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, a move an adult-entertainment industry group called a dark day for freedom of expression. Brammer, the lawmaker behind the plan to mandate the labels about potential harm to minors, says it’s aimed at catching the “worst of the worst.”(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Utah lawmakers get tough on porn, ease up on polygamy

Feb. 18, 2020 7:55 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers voted Tuesday to put new regulations on pornography and remove some on polygamy in separate proposals moving quickly through the Legislature in the deeply conservative state. Senators voted unanimously to change state law to remove the threat of jail time for consenting...

Recent Kansas editorials

Feb. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 16 What if your loved one’s final resting place wasn’t as restful as promised? What if a bulldozer nearby gave way to new building construction? That could be the case for families all across Kansas if a bill before the Legislature uproots decades, indeed centuries, of...

Street preacher's claim of unconstitutional arrest rejected

Feb. 15, 2020 1:29 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to revive a lawsuit filed by a Louisiana street preacher who said he was unconstitutionally arrested in 2015. Court records show Clarence Dean Roy faced a disturbing the peace charge — on which he was later acquitted — after a woman...

Planned Parenthood, state argue sex education law legality

Feb. 14, 2020 6:17 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge on Friday heard arguments on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging an Iowa law passed last year that would block Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from receiving federal grant money for sex education courses. Judge Paul Scott is considering whether to throw...

German police officers stand in front of the Bayerischer Hot hotel on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)b

Jewish leaders seek better policing of online hate speech

Feb. 14, 2020 9:40 AM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Jewish leaders called Friday for better policing of hate speech on social media platforms over concerns prompted by recent attacks that people on the margins of society are being incited online to violence. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis and chief...

Former police officer Harry Miller arrives outside the High Court, London, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. A British court ruled Friday that police infringed a man’s right to free expression when they showed up at his workplace to quiz him about his Twitter posts about transgender people. Humberside Police in northeast England investigated Harry Miller in January 2019 after receiving a complaint about allegedly “transphobic” tweets, including a limerick mocking the idea that transgender women are biologically women. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)

UK judge: Police probe of 'transphobic' tweets was unlawful

Feb. 14, 2020 9:04 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British court ruled Friday that police infringed a man’s right to free expression when they showed up at his workplace to quiz him over his Twitter posts about transgender people. Humberside Police in northeast England investigated Harry Miller in January 2019 after receiving a...

Oklahoma professor apologizes for using racial slur in class

Feb. 13, 2020 12:19 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A University of Oklahoma journalism professor has sent his students an email apology for using the N-word during a class lecture in which he argued the racist slur was no more offensive than the term “boomer.” Peter Gade, director of graduate studies at OU's Gaylord...