January 28, 2022 8:50 am

Hong Kong’s Politicians and Cops Use Pandemic Justifications To Do Beijing’s Bidding

What happens in places where the pandemic is a transparent guise for seizing more state power?

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January 28, 2022 7:44 am

Dragging Out Protesters Disrupting City Council Meeting Isn’t Excessive Force

The city was not “required to permit the ‘organized lawlessness’ conducted by the protestors.”

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January 27, 2022 2:20 pm

My My, Hey Hey, Neil Young’s Songs Are Here To Stay (Just Not on Spotify)

Three and a half lessons about Neil Young, Joe Rogan, Spotify, and our age of cultural plenitude

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January 27, 2022 9:15 am

Settlement in Firing of Professor for Tweets (for $70K + Attorney Fees)

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reports: Today, Lora Burnett, a former Collin College history professor fired for tweets critical of the college administration and of former Vice President Mike Pence, accepted the college’s offer to pay $70,000 and attorneys’ fees, bringing her First Amendment lawsuit to an end. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education…

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January 27, 2022 2:25 am

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Sued For Asking Amazon To Suppress Covid Book In Search Results

Warren sent a letter to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy urging him to suppress the bestseller, ‘The Truth About COVID-19.’

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January 26, 2022 2:58 pm

First Amendment Clearly Protects Student Encouraging Classmates to Negatively Evaluate Professor

The school told the student she was “restricted from discussing Dr. Lazorski with any student in the CHE 1800 course or any of Dr. Lazorski’s classes.”

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January 26, 2022 8:20 am

PETA Sues for Its Free Speech Rights, Again

The Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland won’t let the animal rights group advertise on public buses.

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January 25, 2022 3:24 pm

D.C. Circuit Rejects Lawsuit Over Rep. Adam Schiff’s 2019 Requests to Internet Companies to Deal with “Vaccine-Related Misinformation”

“Appellants offer no causal link that suggests it was an isolated inquiry by a single Member of Congress that prompted policy changes across multiple unrelated social media platforms.”

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January 25, 2022 2:55 pm

Submit Your Articles to the Journal of Free Speech Law

UPDATE: “One of our best experiences with a journal yet. Rigorous reviews, supportive editors & simple process. This is what publishing should be like!”

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January 25, 2022 2:44 pm

Journal of Free Speech Law: David McGowan’s A Bipartisan Case Against New York Times v. Sullivan

The article is now published, at 1 J. Free Speech L. 509 (2022); here’s the Introduction: The actual malice rule of New York Times Co. v. Sullivan is iconic because of its beneficiaries, not its reasoning. The immediate beneficiaries of that rule were civil rights advocates and their movement; the general beneficiaries at the time…

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January 25, 2022 12:15 pm

When the CCP Threatens International Students’ Academic Freedom

Pandemic-era technologies like Zoom hold great promise, but also create unexpected problems for international students sent back to their home countries.

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January 25, 2022 5:01 am

The Right to Defy Criminal Demands: The Heckler’s Veto

I’ve just finished up a rough draft of my The Right to Defy Criminal Demands article, and I thought I’d serialize it here, minus most of the footnotes (which you can see in the full PDF). I’d love to hear people’s reactions and recommendations, since there’s still plenty of time to edit it. You can…

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January 25, 2022 3:30 am

Finnish Government Puts Christianity On Trial, Calls The Bible ‘Hate Speech’

The two Christians had the opportunity to essentially preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in court.

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