Latest Freedom of speech News

Judge tosses lawsuit challenging Md. conversion therapy ban

Sep. 23, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out a psychotherapist's lawsuit challenging Maryland's ban on treating minors with conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change a client's homosexual orientation. U.S. District Judge Deborah Chasanow's ruling on Friday rejected Christopher Doyle's...

US police assess rise in threat tips after 3 mass killings

Sep. 21, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It had all the makings of a massacre. Six guns, including a Colt AR-15 rifle. About 1,000 rounds of ammunition. A bulletproof vest. And an angry Southern California man who threated to kill his co-workers at a hotel and its guests. But a concerned colleague intervened, alerting...

Twitter: Accounts targeting Ecuador's president deleted

Sep. 20, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Twitter has taken down 1,019 accounts in Ecuador, saying they're mostly fake and aimed at undermining President Lenín Moreno. Twitter on Friday said the accounts tied to the PAIS Alliance political party posted content about the president's administration, focusing on free...

Woman convicted in texting suicide case denied parole

Sep. 20, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts woman convicted of urging her boyfriend to kill himself via text messages has been denied early release. The state Parole Board announced Friday it rejected Michelle Carter's bid for release after serving about half her 15-month jail sentence. Carter appeared before the...

Court: First Amendment protects "hate group" label

Sep. 20, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to homosexuality. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in a 141-page decision issued late Thursday, threw out a complaint filed by the...

Indonesia's president delays vote on new criminal code

Sep. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president urged lawmakers on Friday to delay a vote on a proposed new criminal code amid mounting criticism of the bill, which opponents say threatens democracy and discriminates against minorities. Updating Indonesia's criminal code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial...

Court: Jail's 3-book limit doesn't violate rights of inmates

Sep. 20, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge in Chicago has ruled the confiscation by Cook County Jail guards of over 30 books from an inmate didn't violate his free-speech rights. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports that Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez agreed the First Amendment protected the right to read, not only...

Press freedom advocates troubled by suit against Iowa paper

Sep. 19, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The former administrator for Iowa's third-largest city is suing the area's biggest newspaper, claiming that its coverage was unfair and cost him his job, in a case that has alarmed advocates for press freedom. Former Davenport city administrator Craig Malin's lawsuit against the...

Parole board weighs release of woman in texting suicide case

Sep. 19, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials are weighing whether to grant early jail release for Michelle Carter, the woman currently imprisoned for urging her suicidal boyfriend via text messages to take his own life. Carter, 22, appeared Thursday before the state Parole Board to seek release after...

Judge partially blocks law aimed at oil pipeline protests

Sep. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. A lawsuit spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union against Gov. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg alleges that...