Latest Censorship News

Not wearing a mask during COVID-19 health emergency isn’t a free speech right, appeals court says

Feb. 06, 2024 15:27 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court shot down claims Monday that New Jersey residents' refusal to wear face masks at school board meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak constituted protected speech under the First Amendment. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling...

Disney wants trade secrets kept confidential in lawsuit with DeSantis appointees

Feb. 05, 2024 11:41 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney wants to keep confidential any proprietary information or trade secrets that comes out of its state court fight with Gov. Ron DeSantis' appointees over who controls the governing district at Walt Disney World. The entertainment giant asked a state court...

Disney appeals dismissal of free speech lawsuit as DeSantis says company should 'move on'

Feb. 01, 2024 17:31 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Disney on Thursday appealed a judge's dismissal of its free speech lawsuit over what it described as Gov. Ron DeSantis' retaliatory takeover of Walt Disney World's governing district, as the Florida governor separately called any appeal “a mistake.” “They...

Federal judge dismisses Disney's free speech lawsuit against DeSantis

Jan. 31, 2024 19:49 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed Disney's free speech lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, dealing a setback to the company's hopes of regaining control of the district that governs Walt Disney World after it was taken over by the governor's appointees. ...

'Expats,' starring Nicole Kidman, was filmed in Hong Kong, but you can't watch it there

Jan. 30, 2024 11:24 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Nicole Kidman's latest project is set in Hong Kong, but people who live there are blocked from seeing it, prompting speculation about censorship in a city where civil liberties are shrinking fast. The first two episodes of “Expats,” a six-episode drama about...

There's a wave of new bills to define antisemitism. In these 3 states, they could become law

Jan. 30, 2024 08:12 AM EST

Lawmakers in more than a half-dozen U.S. states are pushing laws to define antisemitism, triggering debates about free speech and bringing complicated world politics into statehouses. Supporters say it's increasingly important to add a definition that lays out how to determine...

Florida attorneys who criticized discrimination ruling should be suspended, judge says

Jan. 29, 2024 15:09 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A judge recommended 30-day suspensions for a father-daughter pair of lawyers in Florida who spoke out after another judge overturned a jury’s $2.7 million ruling in favor of a Black doctor in a racial discrimination case. Judge Lisa Herndon also recommended...

Lorrie Moore and Naomi Klein among nominees for National Book Critics Circle awards

Jan. 25, 2024 14:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lorrie Moore, Naomi Klein and the Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji are among the finalists for National Book Critics Circle awards. Honorary prizes are going to Judy Blume and to a longtime ally of Blume's in the fight against book bans, the American Library Association. ...

Fox News allowed to pursue claims that voting firm's defamation suit is anti-free speech

Jan. 24, 2024 15:11 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge refused this week to toss out Fox News' claims that voting technology company Smartmatic is suing the network to suppress free speech. The ruling means that both Smartmatic's multibillion-dollar defamation lawsuit and the network's counterclaims can continue toward an...

Western countries use UN-backed review to press China on its treatment of activists and minorities

Jan. 23, 2024 10:33 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Western countries used a regular U.N.-backed review of China's human rights record Tuesday to press Beijing to do more to allow freedom of expression, protect the rights of ethnic minorities and to repeal a national security law in Hong Kong that troubles independent activists. ...