Log into your Newser account
Joined Newser on:
Find what you're looking for
More about Newser:
Want to contribute?
Suggest a Story
Get our apps:
Install our app:
Stories 1 - 20 |
Silenced Member of
'Tennessee Three' Sues State
Oct 5, 2023 8:17 AM CDT
Silenced Member of 'Tennessee Three' Sues State
State Rep. Justin Jones accuses Republican House speaker of 'discrimination and censorship'
- Tennessee Rep. Justin Jones, a young Democrat who has for months been a target of state House Republicans, has had enough. The 28-year-old filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the state, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, and House administrative officials, alleging Republicans have repeatedly violated his constitutional rights by blocking him...
Judge: Trump Has Limits
on Free Speech as a Defendant
Aug 11, 2023 12:28 PM CDT
Judge: Trump Has Limits on Free Speech as a Defendant
But Tanya Chutkan also rejects the government's request for a blanket restrictive order
- In a Friday hearing to determine just how much Donald Trump can talk publicly about his legal troubles, neither side got everything it wanted. But the judge in Trump's election interference case made clear that the former president will have to be abide by restrictions, even if he is...
Teen Suspended for
Mocking Principal Sues
Jul 24, 2023 10:35 AM CDT
Teen Suspended for Mocking Principal Sues
Tennessee student says free speech rights were violated after Instagram posts made fun of school
- It's not unusual for students to poke fun of teachers or administrators, but one high school principal who suspended a teen for doing so is now on the receiving end of a First Amendment lawsuit. The
reports on the complaint filed Wednesday in the US District Court...
Graduate Honors Dual Heritage
Despite Judge's Ruling
May 29, 2023 4:07 PM CDT
Graduate Honors Dual Heritage Despite Judge's Ruling
Court backed Colorado school district wanting to prohibit sash with Mexican, American flags
- Although her school district told her not to, and a judge backed that decision up, a high school graduate wore a sash representing the flags of Mexico and the US to her commencement ceremony over the weekend. "Always stand up for what you believe in," Naomi Peña...
ACLU: 'After School Satan Club'
Ruling a Free Speech 'Victory'
May 2, 2023 3:18 PM CDT
ACLU: 'After School Satan Club' Ruling a Free Speech 'Victory'
Judge decides against Pennsylvania school district's barring of group's meetings, calling it 1A violation
- In Pennsylvania, the Saucon Valley School District backed down earlier this year from granting meeting space to the After School Satan Club after community outcry and even a shooting threat. Now, the club is celebrating what the ACLU is calling "a victory for free speech and religious freedom."...
Woman Who Honked Horn
at Protest Gets Some Bad News
Apr 11, 2023 8:36 AM CDT
Woman Who Honked Horn at Protest Gets Some Bad News
California woman supporting protesters that way wasn't covered by free speech, rules appeals court
- If you're tempted to honk your car horn in support of protesters, you might want to think twice in California. That's because on Friday, a three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling against Susan Porter, deciding that...
In Russia, People 'Get Locked
Away,' Jailed Reporter Tweeted
Apr 5, 2023 8:50 AM CDT
In Russia, People 'Get Locked Away,' Jailed Reporter Tweeted
Evan Gershkovich finds support from Russian colleagues, human rights group
- Among the issues Moscow-based
Wall Street Journal
reporter Evan Gershkovich covered in Russia was efforts to crack down on free speech. "Reporting on Russia is now also a regular practice of watching people you know get locked away for years," he tweeted in July, per the
Florida Looks to Crack Down
on Political Bloggers
Mar 3, 2023 7:29 AM CST
Florida Looks to Crack Down on Political Bloggers
Bill would force them to register like lobbyists
- Any blogger mentioning Florida's governor or a state legislator would be required to register with the state under newly proposed legislation experts say would surely violate the First Amendment. Senate Bill 1316 states any person who writes "an article, a story, or a series of stories" about "...
Here Are the Best, Worst
Colleges for Free Speech
Sep 8, 2022 5:50 PM CDT
Here Are the Best, Worst Colleges for Free Speech
Per Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, 3 Ivy League schools are in bottom 10
- Students usually head off to college excited to open their minds, on campuses where academic freedom is said to be valued and the exchange of ideas paramount. However, per Greg Lukianoff, CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, free speech "has gotten far worse in the last...
Apr 28, 2022 3:46 PM CDT
Anchor Sues ESPN, Arguing Retaliation Over Comments
Sage Steele says podcast remarks about Obama, vaccine mandates were made as a private citizen
- An ESPN anchor has sued the network, saying it retaliated against her over remarks she made as a guest on an unrelated podcast last fall. The filing by Sage Steele says the company's actions were in breach of her contract and a violation of her right to free speech,...
Editorial Board Sees
a 'Cancel Culture' Problem
Mar 18, 2022 1:05 PM CDT
Editorial Board Sees a 'Cancel Culture' Problem
Blames the left and right on free-speech matters, while critics pile on the editorial itself
- The editorial board of the
New York Times
generated a lot of conversation on Friday with a lengthy piece under the headline "America Has a Free Speech Problem." The editorial criticizes both the left and the right for being in "a destructive loop of condemnation and recrimination...
Be a Haven
for Free Speech
Nov 10, 2021 7:30 PM CST
Future College Professes to Be a Haven for Free Speech
University of Austin will help students develop their views, organizers say
- The University of Austin, its founders say, will soon rise up from a Texas campus in opposition to the censorship they believe to be pervasive at American colleges. Students and faculty will be free to present unpopular perspectives, the
New York Times
reports, starting next summer with Forbidden Courses—an...
They Said Her
Racist. But They
Jul 8, 2021 5:35 PM CDT
They Said Her Rants Were Racist. But They Were Convicted
11 found to have harassed teen who posted anti-Islam videos
- Eleven people have been convicted of the online harassment of a schoolgirl who posted rants against Islam , in a controversial case out of France. The girl identified only as Mila changed schools and underwent police protection after receiving what her lawyer said was more than 100,000 abusive messages, including...
Profane Post Is
Jun 23, 2021 11:43 AM CDT
SCOTUS: Cheerleader's Profane Post Is Free Speech
Ruling in favor of Brandi Levy could have 'significant ramifications'
- The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a cheerleader suspended from her high school team for using a vulgar word on Snapchat, thereby extending its protection of student speech to social media, the
Wall Street Journal
reports. "F--- school f--- softball f--- cheer f--- everything," a 14-year-old...
Law Student's Satirical Flier
Jeopardized His Diploma
Jun 3, 2021 11:26 AM CDT
Law Student's Satirical Flier Jeopardized His Diploma
But Stanford will let Nicholas Wallace graduate after all, following mockery of Federalist Society
- It's nearly graduation day at Stanford, but a free-speech controversy on campus has stolen some of the attention. The details of what's happening:
In January, a few weeks after the Jan. 6 riots, Stanford law student Nicholas Wallace put out a fake flier mocking the Federalist Society, a
Man Convicted After
Posting 'Kill Your Senators'
Apr 28, 2021 4:57 PM CDT
Man Convicted After Posting 'Kill Your Senators'
Supporter of Trump and Capitol riot found guilty of threatening members of Congress
- A social media agitator was convicted Wednesday on federal charges of threatening to kill members of Congress in a verdict that rejected his claims it was harmless rhetoric. A jury found Brendan Hunt guilty at the close of a weeklong trial in federal court in Brooklyn. Hunt, 37, did not...
Teen Vented on Snapchat,
Now Is at the Supreme Court
Apr 26, 2021 10:35 AM CDT
Teen Vented on Snapchat, Now Is at the Supreme Court
Brandi Levy's profanity about cheerleading is seen as huge free-speech case
- On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case relatable to anyone who's ever vented some choice words on a bad day. What sets this one apart? It involves a young cheerleader's profanity—and it just happens to be "the most momentous case in more...
For Third Night,
Feb 18, 2021 6:20 PM CST
For Third Night, Rioters Protest Rapper's Jailing
About 80 have been arrested and 100 injured in Spain
- Protests over the imprisonment of a rapper convicted of insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorist violence were marred by rioting for the third night in a row Thursday. The plight of Pablo Hasél, who began this week to serve a 9-month sentence in a northeastern prison, has triggered...
College Probes Professor
After 'Black Privilege' Remarks
Jun 5, 2020 10:16 AM CDT
College Probes Professor After 'Black Privilege' Remarks
University of Central Florida looking into complaints of bias against Charles Negy
- A longtime tenured psychology professor at the University of Central Florida is under fire after a series of online posts. Per the
New York Times
, Negy, who has written a book about "white Americans under siege," recently put up multiple tweets that he acknowledged "will infuriate folks....
Brazil Reverses Ban on
'Gay Jesus' Netflix Film
Jan 10, 2020 2:08 AM CST
Brazil Reverses Ban on 'Gay Jesus' Netflix Film
Judge says freedom of speech is essential
- The president of Brazil's top court has reversed a ban on a Netflix film that infuriated millions of Christians. Supreme Court president Dias Toffoli ruled Thursday that Netflix should be allowed to continue streaming
The First Temptation of Christ,
a satire which depicts Jesus Christ as a gay man,...
Stories 1 - 20 |
Popular on Newser
He Had Headaches for Months. Doctors Made a Surprising Find
Congresswoman in Testy Exchange Over Hamas Rapes
GOP Race Sees Another Contender Drop Out
Redwoods Surprise Scientists With a Survival Tactic
Liz Cheney Recounts 4 Words From Her Father
On This Day:
10 Years of Headlines
We're glad you're here.
As an ad-supported site,
Newser can't exist without ads.
To read our stories, you'll
need to tweak one thing.
OK, tell me what to do
If you're using:
An ad-blocker, please whitelist Newser
by clicking the ad-blocker icon in your browser.
(Examples: Adblock Plus
, and Ghostery
A DuckDuckGo extension in your browser, please access Newser without it: Either by removing it, whitelisting us, or using another browser.
Thanks so much.