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Turkey Closes Over 600 Schools, Fires Thousands of Teachers in Wake of Failed Coup

President Erdogan is now cracking down on academics, government and civil service workers, and establishments perceived to support his opposition. He believes Fethullah Gülen, a self-exiled cleric who lives in the U.S., was behind last week’s revolt.

Posted on Jul 20, 2016 READ MORE


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With a kind of cultural jujitsu, feminist Lindy West has memorably taken on fat-shaming, rape jokes and men who harass women online under the guise of free speech. The lovely thing is that she’s funny about it.

Posted on Jun 17, 2016 READ MORE



Journalists Should Stand Up for Whistleblowers

The media require free-flowing information—and so does our democracy.

Posted on Feb 27, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘Blame the Campus Liberals’ Campaign Aims at Yale

A national campaign to blame campus distempers on politically correct liberals has found yet another target in angry students and anxious administrators.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Citizens United Anniversary: How Anthony Kennedy Turned American Democracy Into an ‘Open Sewer’

The Supreme Court justice masterminded the 2010 decision to undo a century of public-interest regulation of campaign expenditures in the name of “free speech.” He had every reason to know how damaging that decision would prove to be.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Represents a Cautionary Tale About a Media System Dominated by Market Values

Unless corporate libertarianism is dismantled, it will be difficult to achieve an effective “media democracy” that protects the collective rights of the public-interest media, audiences and communities over the individual rights of corporations.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: U.N. Report Calls on Governments to Protect Whistleblowers, Not Prosecute Them

In a dramatic new report, the U.N. envoy charged with protecting free speech around the globe has declared that confidential sources and whistleblowers are a fundamental element of a healthy democracy. Here, Edward Snowden describes how “a whistleblower almost has to become comfortable with the idea of becoming a martyr, because the probability of retaliation is so certain.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



In the Public Interest: Monsanto and Its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information

As the Freedom of Information Act approaches its 50th year, it faces a disturbing backlash from scientists tied to the agrichemical company Monsanto and its allies.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Palestine the Exception to Free Speech Rights in the U.S.?

University campuses are the front line of Palestinian human rights advocacy in the United States, but a new study documents hundreds of cases in which students and scholars have been punished for expressing themselves. Watch the testimony of some of those who have dared to speak out, as they describe the backlash they’ve faced.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term

Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE



The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech May Come From Dianne Feinstein and Her Millionaire Husband

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald reports that the California senator and her military-contractor husband Richard Blum are essentially blackmailing the University of California into punishing students who speak out against Israel.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Al-Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Egypt

A Cairo court has sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on charges that legal experts said were unfounded and politically motivated. The move has sparked worldwide outrage, with the European Union describing the verdict as “a setback for freedom of expression in Egypt.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

The social media giant’s decision to end public access to its websites that archive politicians’ deleted tweets alarms transparency advocates.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



Teacher or Spy? Curbing Freedom of Expression in Britain’s Schools

Under new laws, U.K. teachers are expected to act as the “eyes and ears of the state.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE



Julian Assange on WikiLeaks’ Comeback: ‘We Are Drowning in Material’

In an interview, Assange describes WikiLeaks’ recent progress, saying that the site now “has more than 10 million documents and associated analyses.”

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



Charlie Hebdo Will No Longer Draw Muhammad Cartoons

Six months after the Paris attack that claimed the lives of 12 staff members, the French magazine’s editor says it will no longer feature satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. “We’ve done our job,” he said. “We have defended the right to caricature.”

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer: On Civil Liberties, the NSA Is a Latter-Day King George

In an appearance on “The Campaign With Ernie Powell,” a radio show concerned with learning how progressives can win political campaigns, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer says the NSA is engaged in the same invasive behavior “that sparked the American Revolution.”

Posted on May 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Writers’ PEN Protest Reignites Charlie Hebdo Debate

Six novelists have withdrawn as hosts of a PEN event, saying they took the action to protest against an award to the controversial French publication Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE



Campus Administrators Invoke ‘Civility’ to Silence Critical Speech

University administrators are successfully rallying around the value of “civility” in discourse as a means of silencing and getting rid of professors deemed politically troublesome.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 15, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE    


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.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on May 23, 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.

Posted on May 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN


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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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 WATCH & LISTEN


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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