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The United States Has a Long and Dishonorable Record of Artistic Censorship

Despite recent proclamations of our dedication to freedom of speech, artists in every medium have encountered problems with authorities over the content of their creative expressions.

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Suspect in Copenhagen Killings Is Shot to Death (Video)

Danish police killed a suspect in two shootings that occurred Saturday, one of them at a free-speech debate organized by the cartoonist Lars Vilks, who had depicted the prophet Muhammad as a dog.

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Gunmen Kill One at Blasphemy Debate in Copenhagen

One man is dead and three police officers are injured after assailants opened fire on a cafe in Copenhagen where a Swedish artist who faced death threats for caricaturing the prophet Muhammad was attending a debate on Islam and free speech, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Wrest in Peace, Charlie

It might be true that in the beginning was the Word, but before that was the Drawing.

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What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality-check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

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What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

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Hypocrisy Abounds: Free Speech as Cover for Islamophobia

The dominant narrative that has emerged from the horrific massacre at Charlie Hebdo is that the very foundation of freedom itself was attacked last week in Paris, and that the best way to fight Islamic fundamentalism is to uphold the ethos of the French weekly’s irreverence and satire.

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The Other Charlies

Among the world leaders who flocked to Paris to condemn the attacks were some of the worst perpetrators of repression of journalists, all too often Arab and Muslim journalists.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



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How Free Is Free Speech in America?

The uncomfortable truth is that here, as elsewhere around the world, freedom of expression has never come easily and is nearly always threatened in one way or another.

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A Message From the Dispossessed

The Paris massacre, evil though it was, delivers a crucial communication from the Muslim world about the Western hubris and violence that fuel the rage of the powerless.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE



The Imperative of Revolt

Two leading political philosophers, Sheldon Wolin and John Ralston Saul, explore the corporations’ slow-motion coup d’état and the prospects of financial collapse and revolt.

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Does ESPN Have Room for Free Speech and ‘Monday Night Football’?

Popular sports commentator Bill Simmons was suspended by ESPN for violating editorial standards—or was it because he criticized the NFL, which happens to have a $15 billion contract with the network?

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Only Texas Would Ban Books During Banned Books Week

You have to hand it to the Lone Star State. It’s got chutzpah.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Putin Mulls Plan to Turn Off the Internet in Case of ‘Emergency’

The Guardian is reporting that Russian officials might take drastic measures in the event of public unrest.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Berkeley vs. Big Soda

Fifty years ago this month, Berkeley, Calif., was the epicenter of the Free Speech Movement. Now, Berkeley is moving against Big Soda.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to Prison in Egypt (Video)

The principle of free speech was savaged as Egypt’s judiciary sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists with up to a decade in prison on charges of aiding terrorists and endangering national security.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Has the Supreme Court Finally Found Its Way or Will the Mania Continue?

Two decisions this week on the death penalty and public protest show that the justices may have found a middle road on civil liberties—or they remain committed to the counterrevolution that began with Bush v. Gore.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter: Censorship at Governments’ Requests

Last week, Twitter made a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed inaccessible in Russia. In addition to blocking that account, Twitter has also worked with the Turkish government to monitor content that officials there find objectionable.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE


The Top 40 Threats to Free Speech

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: What do sex-obsessed nipplephobes and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have in common? Also: Why the U.S. won’t give American banks the Credit Suisse treatment, and the logic behind Elizabeth Warren for president.

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The Top 40 Threats to Free Speech

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: What do sex-obsessed nipplephobes and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have in common? Also: Why the U.S. won’t give American banks the Credit Suisse treatment, and the logic behind Elizabeth Warren for president.

Posted on May 23, 2014 READ MORE


The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


The 28th Amendment: Getting the Money Out of Politics

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The movement to kill corporate personhood hits the road, Sonia Sotomayor dissents, the state of immigration reform, and Free Press tries to save the Internet from the FCC.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


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Do Companies Have a First Amendment Right to Track You?

If you think that is a purely academic question, think again.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



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‘The Internet Is Fucked’

Even if someone printed this out and mailed it to you, you get your information from the Internet, a magical place that is increasingly controlled and manipulated by greedy, lazy corporations. Free speech, as we know it, is gone.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE


Is Ukraine the New Syria?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the battle for Kiev is more than a proxy fight between the U.S. and Russia. Also: Why you should worry about free speech online.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE


Is Ukraine the New Syria?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the battle for Kiev is more than a proxy fight between the U.S. and Russia. Also: Why you should worry about free speech online.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



The Comcast-Time Warner Merger Threatens Democracy

Given the financial and political power of Comcast, and the Obama administration’s miserable record of protecting the public interest, the time to speak out and organize is now.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE


Should One Company Own This Much Internet?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE


A Gay Jackie Robinson? Not So Fast

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Michael Sam is out of the closet, headed to the NFL and he’s really good. Also, why the big cable merger should scare you, and Bill Blum on Washington’s death penalty moratorium.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Abortion’s Back on the Supreme Court Docket

Two new cases regarding abortion rights in the U.S. are coming up before the high court. Let’s just hope SCOTUS doesn’t further limit access to reproductive health care as many states are finding ways to do just that.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Do You ‘Heart’ Boobies?

Bracelets that read “I heart boobies!” have been banned, cut off and confiscated by school officials all over the country. In some cases, wearing the silicone bands has led to student suspensions, even though many children wear them to support family members suffering from breast cancer.

Posted on Aug 10, 2013 READ MORE



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Google Fights for Transparency in FISA Court

The Internet giant’s petition to the tribunal says its free speech rights have been violated because it is legally prohibited from discussing even the vaguest details of government surveillance requests.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE


It’s News, Not Espionage

The unwarranted snooping, which was revealed last week, would be troubling enough if it were an isolated incident. But it is part of a pattern that threatens to redefine investigative reporting as criminal behavior.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE


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Anonymous Muzzled on Crusade Against Westboro Baptist Church

The hacker collective’s Twitter account was temporarily suspended Wednesday after the group posted personal information belonging to members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The Humanitarians Who Came In From the Cold

Russia is cracking down further on political dissent by requiring foreign humanitarian workers to register, more or less, as spies.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Maybe British Newspapers Are So Awful They Need to Be Regulated

Will Hutton, writing in The Observer, says the “precious freedom of speech of an individual is different from the freedom of speech of a media corporation with its capacity to manipulate the opinions of millions.”

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



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San Francisco Bans Public Nudity

The city’s public officials have a simple message to residents and visitors: “Keep your clothes on!”

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Are Muslims Our Misfortune? Exploring a Loaded Question

A woman begins covering a provocative subway station poster with spray paint. Another woman demands to know why she is defacing “an approved message,” and why she has “a right to violate free speech.” The woman replies that she is exercising her own free speech. That’s the short story. Have you already made up your mind about who is right and who is wrong?

Posted on Sep 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Activist Arrested for Defacing Anti-Muslim Poster (Video)

Mona Eltahawy, a prominent Egyptian-American activist and writer whose arms were broken in Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring, was arrested at a Times Square subway station after spraying paint over a controversial poster that has drawn broad condemnation for equating Muslims with “savages.”

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 READ MORE


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Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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We Won—for Now

In January I sued President Barack Obama for authorizing the military to detain U.S. citizens indefinitely. U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, in short, just declared the law unconstitutional.

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Michael Moore and Oliver Stone: Extraditing Assange Would Set a Horrible Precedent

Noting in a New York Times Op-Ed that much of their work has made “the case that the news media in the United States often fail to inform Americans about the uglier actions of our own government,” filmmakers Michael Moore and Oliver Stone argue that transferring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to U.S. custody would be disastrous for free speech everywhere.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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How Pussy Riot Helps Putin

The Pussy Riot case has become an international PR disaster for the Russian government, but domestically Russia’s conservative majority is rallying behind Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Privacy by Design

Nicholas Merrill is tired of waiting for Congress to protect Americans’ privacy online. So he plans to force the matter by changing the way telecommunication companies do business.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: The Hoax of Citizens United

According to Bill Moyers, the Supreme Court’s recent decision not to revisit the controversial Citizens United ruling shows that the case was never about free speech. Instead, he argues, the Citizens United decision was just a hoax (albeit a really big one).

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 READ MORE



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Hello China My Old Friend, I’ve Come to Lecture You Again (Editorial)

The State Department is once again giving China a hard time about its human rights record, a worthy cause to be sure, though the United States makes for an odd champion. What’s the saying? Those who torture should not throw stones, maybe.

Posted on Jun 3, 2012 READ MORE


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