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Freedom of speech is under attack in public schools, U.S. House panel told

Students and teachers told U.S. House members during a Thursday hearing that their right to talk about race and LGBTQ+ issues in public schools is being silenced due to an onslaught of new state laws as well as pressure on school boards from right-wing advocates.... Read more»

Ex-cop lawmaker wants to restrict recording videos of Arizona cops

Videos like those that captured police killing George Floyd and Eric Garner would be illegal in Arizona under a new law proposed by Fountain Hills Republican Rep. John Kavanagh - a bill similar to one proposed by the retired police officer in 2016.... Read more»

AG: Pima County ban on political contributions unconstitutional

Pima County's prohibition on its employees contributing money to candidates for county office violates both the U.S. and Arizona constitutions, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.... Read more»

Az Supreme Court: Freedom of speech trumps anti-discrimination law

The Arizona Supreme Court Monday sided with two Phoenix women who said a city law aimed at preventing discrimination would have forced them to violate their Christian faith by creating custom invitations for same-sex weddings.... Read more»

Gosar shouted down at right-wing groups’ event on social media access

Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar called police on protesters during a forum complaining about conservative speech being "shut down" on social media.... Read more»

Analysis

Donald Trump and the return of seditious libel

This year, for the first time since at least Richard Nixon, the leader of one of our major political parties has pledged to limit press freedom by restricting criticism of his prospective rule.... Read more»1

Demonstrators beware: You won't be seen or heard

Cities’ use of “spatial tactics” such as exclusion zones at upcoming political conventions and this weekend's NATO summit risks muffling dissent, critics say.... Read more»5

Access Tucson to celebrate free speech with humor

The First Amendment will be the star of the show Wednesday when Access Tucson celebrates free speech with comedy featuring two hometown talents.... Read more»

AP warns staffers over Facebook and Twitter usage

In a move criticized as a threat to First Amendment rights, the Associated Press news organization issued a warning to staffers about expressing their opinions on Twitter and Facebook, as an unknown number did after New York Senate vote on gay marriage and on the Casey Anthony trial.... Read more»

Think again

Conservative war on free speech

The new front in the conservative class war is free speech, as the Wisconsin Republican Party uses an email fishing expedition to stifle a college professor. "They’re hoping they can embarrass me enough to silence me as a critic."... Read more»2

Smart v. Stupid

Dave Weigel story: Free speech is dead, part II

Smart v. Stupid: When one of the nation’s most venerable newspapers gets it so wrong on free speech, one worries who might be left to speak up for personal liberty.... Read more»

Britain's 'psycho commando' is hero to some

Unexpected outpouring of sympathy for a man who briefly became Britain's most-wanted criminal sparks free speech debate.... Read more»1

Analysis

A right to lampoon Arab leaders

The kings of Morocco, Jordan and Saudi Arabia could speak more freedom into the law with a single royal statement.... Read more»