Latest Freedom of speech News

Column: Clumsy words tarnish the LeBron brand

Oct. 16, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

LeBron James had time, and plenty of it, to figure out how best to answer the questions he knew were coming. Long days in hotel rooms in China and a long flight home gave him every chance to carefully craft a response to a controversy he had no part in making but one that directly affects his bank account....

As NBA-China tweet rift continues, James enters spotlight

Oct. 15, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James has stepped into the spotlight of the now-strained relationship between the NBA and China with his comments about the league executive who started the ongoing fallout with what James derided as a "misinformed" tweet. Politicians, human rights groups and ordinary fans...

LeBron James no longer King James for Hong Kong protesters

Oct. 15, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — When the ball smashed into a photo of LeBron James' face stuck above the hoop and dropped into the basket, the Hong Kong protesters cheered. They also trampled on jerseys bearing his name and gathered in a semicircle to watch one burn. James' standing among basketball fans in Hong Kong...

LeBron: Rockets' Morey 'wasn't educated' on China tweet

Oct. 15, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James believes Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation" regarding the potential consequences of his actions when he tweeted in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests. In his first public comments since the...

Warren escalates Facebook fight with ad targeting Zuckerberg

Oct. 14, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has escalated her tiff with Facebook by running an ad — on Facebook — taking aim at its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. It's the latest example of growing resentment of Big Tech by Republicans and Democrats alike. The list of...

Suit challenges speech rules at Mississippi abortion clinic

Oct. 14, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Mississippi have filed a lawsuit challenging a local ordinance that will restrict noise levels and require protesters to remain a certain distance from the entrance of health care facilities. The lawsuit says the Jackson ordinance unconstitutionally limits...

If political talk disrupts a workplace, bosses must step in

Oct. 14, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With the next presidential election a little over a year away, small business owners will likely start seeing employees spending more time discussing politics. For many owners, that can be a problem because chats about politics can run on, cutting into productivity. Other bosses find that...

Group challenging disclosure law for petition collectors

Oct. 12, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has been asked to block an Ohio law requiring paid petition circulators to fill out forms disclosing their identities. The move is being led by a group seeking a statewide vote next year to overturn a financial rescue for Ohio's two nuclear power plants approved in...

Nationalism over NBA fandom: Fans support 'motherland' China

Oct. 12, 2019 1:15 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — When Wu Xintong's favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, played the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai this Thursday, she broke a viewing streak of more than 10 years and deliberately missed the game. Until recently, the 20-year-old student in northern Hebei province had followed her idol, Kobe...

Pompeo talks religious freedom in Nashville speech

Oct. 11, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday continued to raise the alarm about religious freedoms around the world, receiving a warm welcome in Tennessee as his department faced heightened scrutiny amid the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The top U.S. diplomat...