Freedom of speech

May 31, 2019 - 1:43 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is again at the center of federal litigation spawned by a waiver allowing a state-contracted foster care agency to deny services to same-sex and non-Christian families. A lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday accuses the state and federal governments of...
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May 28, 2019 - 5:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against an Alaska resident in a case that gives law enforcement officers significant protection from people who want to sue and claim they were arrested in retaliation for something they said or wrote. In an opinion , the justices said that because...
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This 2015 photo released by Peter Bernstein shows Robert L. Bernstein, an eminent publishing executive at Random House and a human rights activist, who died Monday, May 27, 2019 in New York. He was 96. (Elisabeth D. Bernstein via AP)
May 28, 2019 - 2:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert L. Bernstein, a publishing executive and human rights activist who presided over a generation of dynamic growth at Random House and advocated for dissidents around the world, from the Soviet Union to Argentina, died Monday at age 96. Bernstein died in a Manhattan hospital...
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This image provided by Jimmy Margulies shows “Pillars,” by King Features editorial cartoonist Jimmy Margulies, that is one of dozens of political cartoons focusing on the First Amendment in a new exhibit, “Front Line: Editorial Cartoonists and the First Amendment” at Ohio State University’s Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum in Columbus, Ohio. The display runs the gamut from a 1774 cartoon by Paul Revere criticizing Britain’s use of tea as a political weapon to a 2018 cartoon lampooning the blocking of online conservative commentary. (Jimmy Margulies via AP)
May 27, 2019 - 10:46 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new exhibit at the world's largest cartoon library in Ohio draws on an old tradition: political cartooning, a First Amendment right. The display runs the gamut from a 1774 etching by Paul Revere criticizing Britain's use of tea as a political weapon to a 2018 cartoon...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange puts his fist up as he is taken from court in London. The Justice Department has charged Assange with receiving and publishing classified information. The charges are contained in a new, 18-count indictment announced May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
May 24, 2019 - 5:54 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources...
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San Francisco Police Chief William Scott answers questions during a news conference, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in San Francisco. Police agreed Tuesday to return property seized from a San Francisco journalist in a raid, but the decision did little to ease tensions in the case, which has alarmed journalism advocates and put pressure on city leaders. Authorities have said the May 10 raids on freelancer Bryan Carmody's home and office were part of an investigation into what police called the illegal leak of a report on the death of former Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who died unexpectedly in February. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
May 23, 2019 - 2:35 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A battle between the press and police is playing out in politically liberal San Francisco after police raided a freelance reporter's home and office seeking to uncover the source of a leaked police report into the unexpected death of the city's former elected public defender...
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San Francisco Police Chief William Scott answers questions during a news conference, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in San Francisco. Police agreed Tuesday to return property seized from a San Francisco journalist in a raid, but the decision did little to ease tensions in the case, which has alarmed journalism advocates and put pressure on city leaders. Authorities have said the May 10 raids on freelancer Bryan Carmody's home and office were part of an investigation into what police called the illegal leak of a report on the death of former Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who died unexpectedly in February. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
May 21, 2019 - 9:10 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco police chief said Tuesday that he respects the news media, but a freelance journalist whose home and office were raided by officers had "crossed the line" by joining a conspiracy to steal a confidential report. Chief William Scott addressed reporters hours...
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FILE - In this June 15, 2017, file photo, pictures of people facing criminal charges are seen after a news conference in Washington, about an May 16, 2017, altercation outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington during the visit of the Turkish president. Lawsuits arising from a brawl outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington are raising tough questions of law and diplomacy, including about how much legal protection should be extended to the people who protect international leaders from raucous demonstrations when they travel abroad. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
May 18, 2019 - 2:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey's leader spoke of cooperation with the United States during a White House visit two years ago with President Donald Trump, but by day's end, the warm rhetoric had been overshadowed by a violent brawl outside the Turkish Embassy that left anti-government protesters badly...
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FILE- In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo conspiracy theorist Alex Jones speaks outside of the Dirksen building of Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal judge will let a jury decide whether conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ Infowars website had a legal right to sell a poster featuring the image of Pepe the Frog, a character that became hijacked by far-right extremists. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald in Los Angeles refused Thursday, May 16, 2019 to throw out a copyright infringement lawsuit against Infowars over its poster sales filed by Pepe’s creator, California artist Matt Furie.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
May 17, 2019 - 10:48 pm
A federal judge will let a jury decide whether conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' Infowars website had a legal right to sell a poster featuring the image of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon character that became hijacked by far-right extremists. U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald refused Thursday to throw...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., addresses a campaign rally at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
May 17, 2019 - 12:40 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures designed to safeguard abortion rights following a flurry of new state laws that dramatically restrict women's ability to terminate pregnancies, moves Democrats have decried as a planned effort to chip away at the...
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