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  • Iran, Cuba force out the most journalists: survey

    06/21/2011 10:42:57 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | June 21, 2011
    Iran and Cuba together have forced more journalists into exile over the past year than all other countries combined, a survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists said Monday. "Nearly 70 journalists were forced into exile over the past 12 months, with more than half coming from Iran and Cuba, two of the world's most repressive nations," the report said. "Iran, which has waged a massive, two-year-long crackdown on the independent press, and Cuba, which freed journalists from prison only to force them to leave their homeland, each sent 18 journalists into exile," it said. The survey said most --...
  • Protecting Free Speech

    06/11/2011 8:59:17 PM PDT · by Ari Bussel · 4 replies
    Protecting Free Speech By Ari Bussel The expression “ugly” or “naked” truth hits one squarely in the face. No makeup, costumes or other tricks of the trade, just plain, exposed reality. One we often do not like when we see it. Many times it takes a child, someone naïve, unbiased and innocent, to expose things as they really are, not the way we were grown accustomed to see them. Without any pretense or illusion, without lighting or sound effects, the child declares, “Naked is the King,” and we are astonished at the simple truth we see for the very first...
  • Jilted ex-boyfriend puts up abortion billboard

    06/07/2011 3:14:51 AM PDT · by SouthernClaire · 49 replies
    Dispute has touched off a legal debate over free speech and privacy rights
  • WATCH: Students Who "Support" Free Speech Want to Ban Conservatives From Radio and TV

    05/20/2011 2:13:17 PM PDT · by · 12 replies
    MRC TV (Media Research Center TV) ^ | 5/20/2011 | Stephen G.
    The folks at set out recently to answer the age old question "can you support free speech and a ban on conservatives on the radio". The answer for many of the college students they talked to was apparently yes.
  • Where Are the Human Rights Groups? Where Are the Media?

    05/14/2011 1:21:52 PM PDT · by ScaniaBoy · 15 replies
    Hudson New York ^ | May 13, 2011 | Khaled Abu Toameh
    Assaults on writers and journalists in the Arab world are not uncommon, but the case of the Yemeni poet who just had his tongue cut out appears to be one of the most horrifying crimes against those who dare to express their views in public. The poet, Walid al-Ramishi, was kidnapped by armed gangsters in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The kidnappers released him after they had cut out his tongue. Al-Ramishi is now being treated in a Jordanian hospital, where doctors say he would not be able to talk again. His alleged crime: he had written a poem in...
  • Upstate New York man says sign pointing to mosque stating 'BOMB MAKING NEXT DRIVEWAY' stays

    05/11/2011 2:16:53 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 18 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | May 11, 2011 | Larry McShane
    An angry upstate New York man says there's not a prayer that he'll remove a nasty sign prompted by a feud with the mosque next door. "BOMB MAKING NEXT DRIVEWAY," reads the stenciled message on the front lawn of Michael Heick. The message outraged many residents of Amherst, a Buffalo suburb where Heick is upset by the Jaffarya Center's proximity to his property and its bright lights. The sign is more a poke at town officials than a political statement, he insisted. And local authorities can't order him to take it down, because the message is protected by the First...
  • A Crash Course in Free Speech

    04/28/2011 8:39:38 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 04-28-11 | Zazu
    In a travesty of justice, Florida’s Pastor Jones was put on trial in last week in Dearborn Michigan, he was found guilty of threatening to protest in front of a mosque (possibly burning a Koran in the process). He was ordered to pay a 1$ dollar bond fee, and is prohibited from approaching the mosque for 3 years, when he refused to pay the fee he was jailed. This decision by six jurors and a judge (who I assume went to law school at some point) exposes the complete Constitutional illiteracy of our populace and even judiciary. Here are three...
  • UPDATE: Lawsuit Filed Against LePage Over Mural ["Just like Christie, he makes them all pissy"]

    04/01/2011 9:07:54 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 27 replies
    WMTW ^ | 7:49 pm EDT April 1, 2011 | Staff
    AUGUSTA, Maine -- Gov. Paul LePage is facing more opposition to the removal of murals from the Maine Department of Labor, this time in the form of a lawsuit. It was filed late Friday afternoon. Attorney Jeff Young filing the lawsuit against LePage; Laura Boyette, acting commissioner, Maine Department of Labor and Joseph Phillips, director of the Maine State Museum. The mural was removed from the Maine Department of Labor's Augusta office in late March. It is being stored in a building off Route 27 in Augusta that is being rented by the state. LePage had ordered the mural be...
  • Imperfect Justice in Snyder v. Phelps

    03/26/2011 8:42:41 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan · 5 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | 3/26/11 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    On March 2, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Snyder v. Phelps that illustrates the difficulty of balancing competing claims to rights and justice in our judicial system. The court overturned a lower court’s $5 million tort judgment against Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, for invasion of privacy and inflicting emotional distress on the Albert Snyder family....
  • Imperfect Justice in Snyder v. Phelps

    03/26/2011 8:42:11 AM PDT · by Mary Kochan
    Catholic Lane ^ | 3/26/11 | Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson
    On March 2, the Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Snyder v. Phelps that illustrates the difficulty of balancing competing claims to rights and justice in our judicial system. The court overturned a lower court’s $5 million tort judgment against Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, for invasion of privacy and inflicting emotional distress on the Albert Snyder family....
  • Constitutional Fail: 7 Ways the Left Abuses the First Amendment

    03/21/2011 10:12:14 PM PDT · by Walter Scott Hudson
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | March 20, 2011 | Walter Hudson
    It is perhaps the most renowned sample of law in the Western world, the first of ten amendments anti-federalists insisted upon adding to the Constitution. It’s purpose has been bemoaned by the sitting president of the United States. …the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties, says what the states can’t do to you, says what the federal government can’t do to you. But it doesn’t say what the federal government or the state government must do on your behalf. Despite the First Amendment’s intended purpose of prohibiting federal encroachment upon individual rights, the Left has masterfully twisted its guarantees...
  • Judge: Media must reveal IDs of online posters

    03/06/2011 9:33:44 AM PST · by digger48 · 45 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 6, 2011
    INDIANAPOLIS — A judge in a defamation case has ordered news media outlets in Indianapolis to reveal information that could help identify people who posted disparaging comments about an official on their online forums. An Indiana journalism shield law that protects reporters from having to reveal their sources doesn't protect web sites from being forced to disclose who made anonymous posts, Marion Superior Court Judge S.K. Reid ruled. Reid held that The Indianapolis Star and the Indianapolis Business Journal must provide names or other information that would help Jeffrey Miller, the former chief executive of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana,...
  • You Can't Say That

    10/09/2009 3:32:05 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 12 replies · 605+ views
    The Weeky Standard ^ | October 5, 2009 | Anne Bayefsky
    The Obama administration has marked its first foray into the UN human rights establishment by backing calls for limits on freedom of expression. The newly-minted American policy was rolled out at the latest session of the UN Human Rights Council, which ended in Geneva on Friday. American diplomats were there for the first time as full Council members and intent on making friends. President Obama chose to join the Council despite the fact that the Organization of the Islamic Conference holds the balance of power and human rights abusers are among its lead actors, including China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia....
  • Geert Wilders: “All Over Europe, The Lights Are Slowly Going Out”

    02/08/2011 2:49:47 PM PST · by Rhonda Robinson · 19 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Feb.8, 2011 | Lisa Graas reports that there are 4,200 religions in the world, 22 of which are considered to be “major world religions.” Imagine if it were illegal to criticize one of them. Imagine if that religion claimed 1.5 billion members and included a mandatory, oppressive political system along with the duty to wage continual war against those who will not submit to it. One does not have to imagine this if one lives in The Netherlands. Geert Wilders, a Dutch MP on trial for criticizing Islam, warns that “All over Europe, the lights are slowly going out” because “the ruling elites are...
  • “We must stand up and reclaim our ancient liberties.”

    02/06/2011 4:05:23 AM PST · by Lessthantolerant · 33 replies
    Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff ^ | 6 Feb 2011 | Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff
    Below is the text of the speech given today in Luton by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff: Ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here in Luton, the birthplace of the English Defence League. Native Lutonians are living at Ground Zero of the attempted Islamic takeover of England. Your resistance is an inspiration to everyone in the European Counterjihad. It is a privilege to have been invited to this historic event. As most of you know, I have been charged with hate speech in Austria, and my trial is currently underway. What were the charges against me? The original charge was “incitement...
  • Internet Kill Switch(controlled by Obama, exempt from judicial review) Act On Senate's Agenda

    01/25/2011 8:28:09 AM PST · by Innovative · 34 replies
    TMCNet ^ | Jan. 25, 2011 | Tracey E. Schelmetic
    ...once again the topic of an executive branch-controlled "Internet kill switch" has reared its head in Washington, on the tech blogs and in the national media. The bill ... granted the President authority to shut down part of the Internet for an indefinite time. A later version of the bill reduced that time to 120 days, unless Congress approves an extension. A relatively new part of the bill that exempts the legislation from judicial review is once again firing up the bill's critics. According to CBS News, the revised version of the bill, introduced in December, includes new language saying...
  • Government control on our words

    01/20/2011 8:27:49 AM PST · by a jeffersonian · 2 replies
    Jeffersonian Eagles Nest ^ | 1/19/2011 | A Jeffersonian
    Free of speech comes with responsibilities and accountability however there needs be no revision of language construction or word ology changes purposely done so in order to keep citizens in an infant swaddling blanket. Citizens need understand, be hardened to life without crying out discrimination or inappropriateness. Shall we never use another analogy for fear inappropriate language when in fact the analogy correctly describes the situation? Where has the country gone, so far to the left, I fear it shall topple over in the weight of regulations and mandates. The Constitution called out as old, too old to rule our...
  • The Art of Infraction

    01/18/2011 6:53:02 PM PST · by LesDowrey
    Virtues and Values ^ | 1/18/2011 | Les Dowrey
    “Pick a card, any card.” A phrase no magician should leave home without. Think of the wonder and amazement you had the first time you saw an illusionist. How did they do that? Was it truly magic? However, the older you get, the more you realize that all that glitters is not gold, and the less magical those tricks suddenly become. After all, it was just a trick, just a sleight-of-hand movement. The magician used to be the master of the art of distraction, but unfortunately that is no longer the case. The new magicians work on Capitol Hill and...
  • How's About Shutting Up With All The Anger Management Talk?

    01/11/2011 9:03:23 PM PST · by JLWORK · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Here's The Right Side Of It ^ | January 11, 2011 | John L. Work
    In case you’ve missed it, there’s a lot of anger-management therapy talk going on about calming down the heated political oratory in this deeply divided nation. The reasoning behind the calls for muting our tongues is that the vocalized anger might cause people to commit crimes of violence. Balderdash, says I. Rightist Rush Limbaugh has been targeted for his hot political rhetoric. So has Michael Savage. But, here’s a heated analogy replete with a violent allusion from the current President, himself. I despise what he’s done to the country and I vehemently disagree with him and I’ll vote for the...
  • McCarthy readies gun control bill (Brady also has bill banning free speech)

    01/09/2011 6:20:10 PM PST · by GreaterSwiss · 238 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/9/10 | SHIRA TOEPLITZ
    One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday. McCarthy ran for Congress after her husband was gunned down and her son seriously injured in a shooting in 1993 on a Long Island commuter train. Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Brady, a Democrat from Philadelphia, told CNN that he also plans to take legislative action. He will introduce a bill that would make it a crime for anyone to use language or symbols that could be seen as threatening or violent against a...