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Man who offered $500 for killing an ICE agent is acquitted

Dec. 6, 2019 5:59 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man who tweeted that he would give $500 to anyone who would kill a federal immigration officer was acquitted Friday in a case that centered on whether a threatening social media post is protected speech. A federal jury at U.S. District Court in Boston cleared Brandon Ziobrowski, 35, of New...

S. Carolina civil right lawyer, 1st Amendment champion dies

Dec. 6, 2019 4:45 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina civil rights lawyer who helped redefine free speech rights for attorneys has died. Edna Smith Primus died Nov. 29 at age 75, The State newspaper reported. One of the first black women to practice law in South Carolina, Primus worked with the American Civil Liberties...

Over 5,000 rally against 100 German far-right protesters

Nov. 23, 2019 9:57 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — More than 5,000 people followed the call by the governor of a northern German state on Saturday to join rallies against a far-right protest in Hannover. Lower Saxony’s Stephan Weil had asked people to rally against a protest by the far-right NPD party, which is marching to intimidate...

Lawsuit: US border officers questioned journalists at length

Nov. 21, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five American journalists sued the U.S. government Wednesday, alleging border authorities violated their First Amendment rights by inspecting their cameras and notebooks and questioning them extensively about their coverage of last year’s migrant caravan. The lawsuit filed by the...

Professor: I canceled conservative speaker’s Ole Miss visit

Nov. 14, 2019 10:06 AM EST

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A conservative commentator was able to deliver her lecture at the University of Mississippi, saying “it’s comforting to see that Ole Miss is still a place where free speech is welcome.” Daily Wire contributor Elisha Krauss’ lecture was moved to the student...

Wisconsin board backs away from free speech restrictions

Nov. 13, 2019 8:14 AM EST

DARLINGTON, Wis. (AP) — A county board in southern Wisconsin has backed away from a plan to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study and discipline elected officials for how they handle information about the research. The Lafayette County Board on Tuesday night put off a decision...

Free speech rights a concern in Wisconsin water resolution

Nov. 12, 2019 2:10 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A southwestern Wisconsin county council on Tuesday dropped a proposal to prosecute journalists over their reporting on a water quality study but could still decide to discipline any county officials who talk about the research without government approval. The Lafayette County Land...

Reporter goes to Australian High Court in press freedom case

Nov. 12, 2019 4:38 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A journalist went to Australia's highest court on Tuesday to overturn a search warrant that created outrage when it was executed on her home and triggered a national campaign for greater press freedom. Rival Australian media businesses banded together to fight for press freedom...

Donald Trump Jr. talk marked by anger over no Q&A

Nov. 11, 2019 1:14 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance Sunday at a university to talk about his new book on liberals and free speech was marked by an argument between him and the audience over why he would not take questions, the Guardian newspaper reported . Members of the audience of about 450 people at the...

Texas officials testify to lawmakers about mass violence

Oct. 30, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — State officials and experts testified Wednesday before a Texas legislative committee evaluating issues related to mass violence in the wake of two August shootings that left nearly 30 people dead in the state. The Senate Select Committee on Mass Violence Prevention and Community Safety...