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Free Speech Watch App
A demo of my free speech watch app for my CS 160 User Interfaces class at UCB.

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Government Is Using Political Correctness To Destroy Free Speech
Alex Jones breaks down the continued war on free speech and the first amendment using political correctness as their weapon. Follow…

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Oct 212014

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Kip Addotta on Randolph Robinson, copyright infringement, Scott Bucalo a good guy and my cousin, Melissa Hurser defends foul language as free speech and my granddaughter's birthday celebration,.

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Oppression Of Free Speech In England UK
oppression of free speech.

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Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijings Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios to show off their works tackling such touchy subjects as Chinas prisons and Communist Party politics.

Over lunch, they candidly lamented the state of free speech in China while chewing on chicken and downing glasses of beer.

In a tightly controlled society where dissent is quickly quashed, the artists of Songzhuang appeared to be enjoying a rarely seen degree of creative and political freedom. But then, on Oct. 1, that illusion was shattered.

Police first detained poet Wang Zang after he posted a picture and message on Twitter supporting democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong. The next day, police rounded up another seven people who were heading to a poetry reading advertised on social media as supporting Hong Kong protesters. A total of 13 people living or working in the art colony were ultimately detained on charges of creating trouble, according to Wang Zangs wife, Wang Li.

This past weekend, the police buildup was everywhere, with uniformed officers patrolling the aisles of Songzhuangs art shops and riding in golf carts through its sleepy winding streets. Artists who weeks earlier had opened their studio doors wide were apologetically warning away visitors, fearful that speaking too freely could get them into trouble.

Since Songzhuang was founded two decades ago, its artists have largely avoided official harassment by following a few tacit rules: If they produced provocative work, they showed it only to each other, and if they sold it, they did so privately. Most importantly, they kept a low profile.

Painter Tang Jianying, known as one of Songzhuangs most outspoken artists, said his neighbors had crossed that line by taking their dissent to the Internet.

Among friends, we can speak freely, Tang said by phone hours after police had called to check in on him. But if youre in public, you have to watch what you do. If youre on the web and you speak too freely, theyll get you.

Although Chinas Constitution promises free speech rights, in reality, figuring out what you can say or write has always been a guessing game.

Authorities have in recent months tolerated grass-roots protests on environmental issues but at the same time, violently cracked down on Muslim Uighurs in the countrys far west Xinjiang region who have denounced the central governments policies on minorities.

Free-speech illusion at Beijing artists colony shattered by detentions

Political Correctness More Important Than Fighting Ebola
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Fight for Free Speech (Thank You Pat Roberts)
Greg Orman would silence dissent. Thank you Pat Roberts. Keep fighting for free speech. Paid for by American Commitment.

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BEIJING (AP) Just a few weeks ago, oil painters in eastern Beijing's Songzhuang art district had welcomed foreign reporters into their studios and shown off works tackling such touchy subjects as China's prisons and Communist Party politics. Over lunch, they candidly lamented the state of free speech in China while chewing on chicken and downing glasses of beer.

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Chinese art colony's free-speech illusion shatters

MANCHESTER James Foley, the New Hampshire journalist murdered by ISIS forces in Syria last summer, has been named this years recipient of the Nackey S. Loeb First Amendment Award.

The freelance journalist and videographer, who grew up in Wolfeboro, was announced yesterday as the recipient of the 12th annual award given by the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications.

A panel of judges decided to honor Foley for his work in telling the personal stories of people trapped by war and senseless violence.

He gave voice to people in places where there is no free speech or free press, and he gave his life because of it, said school executive director David Tirrell-Wysocki.

The award will be presented posthumously at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester on Nov. 12. The evening event will also feature an address by Donald Trump, who joins a notable group of national figures who have donated their appearances on behalf of the nonprofit school.

The First Amendment Award was established to honor New Hampshire organizations or residents who protect or exemplify the liberties granted in the First Amendment.

Past honorees include former state Attorney General Philip McLaughlin, former Keene Sentinel Editor Thomas Kearney, state Rep. Daniel Hughes, Dover City Councilor David Scott, First Amendment attorney William Chapman, ConVal School Board member Gail Pierson Cromwell, The Portsmouth Herald, David Lang and the Professional Fire Fighters of New Hampshire, and The Telegraph of Nashua.

Foley had reported from Iraq and Afghanistan and was kidnapped in Libya for 44 days in 2011. His work appeared in Stars and Stripes and GlobalPost, among others. He went to Syria in 2012 to report on conditions there and was taken by militants at Thanksgiving that year. His parents, Dr. John and Diane Foley of Rochester, did not hear from him for more than a year.

He was executed in August of this year, becoming the first American civilian to be killed by Islamist fanatics called ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). Foleys beheading shocked the world. His parents plan a funeral Mass for him in Rochester this Saturday, which would have been his 42nd birthday.

Nackey Loeb, the late president and publisher of the Union Leader Corp., founded the school in 1999 to promote understanding and appreciation of the First Amendment and to foster interest, integrity and excellence in journalism and other forms of communication. More than 7,000 people have participated in the schools media-related classes, workshops and other events.

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Anti-racism law strengthens penalties for racist incitement and violence, but some fear it may curb free speech.

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S Korea divided over journalist's indictment
South Koreans are divided over the indictment of a Japanese journalist on defamation charges amid international criticism that it violates the right to free speech. South Korean prosecutors…

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This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Free Speech Movement at the University of California-Berkeley. The student movement that sparked the rebellions of the 1960s is widely celebrated, particularly at Berkeley, which has hosted several dozen special classes, sing-ins and lots of political poetry over the past month.

Berkeleys embrace of the FSM (as the movement is known to its admirers) is not subtle. The steps of Sproul Hall are named after Mario Savio, whose famous bodies upon the gears of the machine speech started it all. A campus dining hall is called the Free Speech Movement Cafe. Former FSM leader Sol Stern, who has since become disaffected with his old colleagues, calls it FSM kitsch.

UC Berkeley today is very much the FSMs kind of school. And it is even fair to say that the school is still run by its heirs.

As Mr. Stern describes it in the City Journal, the cultural ethos of New Left the driving force behind the FSM is Berkeleys reigning orthodoxy. A fawning biography of Savio, who died in 1996, is required reading for freshmen. The administrations Division of Equity and Inclusion requires all undergraduates to take a course on theoretical or analytical issues relevant to understanding race, culture, and ethnicity in America. Rest assured the course does not serve to encourage free and open inquiry.

But what of free speech? How is it faring 50 years after Savio first jumped on the roof of a police car to rally students to the cause?

Not very well. As Mr. Stern laments, The great irony is that just as Berkeley now officially honors the memory of FSM, it exercises more thought control over students than the hated multiversity that we rose up against a half-century ago.

At todays Berkeley, political protests are allowed, but only in two designated places. Certain causes such as defending Israel are frowned upon and often openly rebuked. A speech code in the student housing guide broadly warns against verbal abuse and hate speech. Students are urged to report what they think may be hate crimes. Posters for events must be submitted five days in advance to a housing review board before they can be posted. Even the Board of Regents of the entire UC system shares some of the blame, disinviting former Harvard President Larry Summers to speak to them because of a controversial statement he once made.

Whats gone wrong? How did a movement ostensibly dedicated to freedom of speech and expression become its opposite?

Because the FSM wasnt really about free speech. It was about the New Lefts campaign to overturn the old system. By portraying the liberal (for those times) administration of Berkeley as the moral equivalent of the Jim Crow South, the FSM showed its hand it wasnt standing up for the First Amendment of a country it denounced as racist and imperialistic, but declaring a cultural and political war on that country.

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Posted Oct 14, 2014 by Raymond Fang

The committee established last month by President Robert Zimmer to review the Universitys free speech policy was created due to free speech-related incidents at other universities around the country, committee head Geoffrey Stone said. The committee will send its recommendations to the Faculty Council by the end of 2014.

According to a University-wide e-mail from Zimmer on September 25, the committee will draft a statement reflecting the Universitys commitment to and tolerance of multiple forms of free expression.

The committee began meeting last month and will release its statement on free speech on January 1, 2015, after which the statement will head to the Faculty Council for a vote during winter quarter. Zimmer selected Stone, along with the other committee members, for their diverse fields of study, their well-respected status in the University, and for their judgment, which, according to Stone, Zimmer thought well of.

Stone said that Zimmers decision to form an updated statement on the Universitys free speech policy was unrelated to anything specific that occurred at the University.

I think what triggered it was more the fact that issues have arisen in universities across the nation in the last couple of years, and we didnt have a formal statement on policy on these issues, he said. The president thought it would be useful to have one, but it was not triggered by anything in particular at Chicago.

Stone speculated that cancellations of convocation speakers and reactions to student protests at other universities might have been the cause for the committee.

My guess is Zimmer talked with other university presidents and they were wrestling with some of these questions, and he realized it would be a good thing for the University to think about this and come up with general principles that would help guide discussion when such issues arise in the future, Stone said.

The Universitys neutrality policy, the Kalven Report, sets a precedent for the current committees work. The Kalven Report was produced in the 1960s by a similar committee headed by Law Professor Harry Kalven, Jr. as a response to student protests at the University and across the country. It proclaims an official University policy of neutrality on social and political issues.

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Karen Kim hangs Twitter icons in a commemoration of the 1964 Free Speech Movement at UC-Berkeley.(Photo: Ben Margot, AP)

The crowd at the Brava Theater in San Francisco’s Mission District on a recent Saturday night filled no more than two-thirds of the seats. My 22-year-old daughter, a law student at the University of California-Berkeley, was the youngest member of the audience by a good 30 years. The predominant hair color was gray, trending white.

My daughter, wife and I were there for the premier performance of FSM, a 50th anniversary celebration of the Free Speech Movement, the student-led challenge of a Berkeley administrative ban on campus political activity that captivated the nation during the fall of 1964. Weeks of demonstrations and sit-ins culminated in hundreds of arrests, but also in a concession to students that they had the right to political speech on campus.

Watching FSM unfold reminded me that what matters is what you learn after you know it all. Fifty years ago, as a young Air Force airman, I wrote a long letter to my hometown weekly newspaper decrying the tactics of the Berkeley students and their rumored communist inspirations, and singling out their leader, Mario Savio, for particular scorn.

Time and experience

That was before 40-plus years as a journalist and lecturer at four major universities taught me how precious the First Amendment is, and how endangered it has become. Nowhere is this more evident than on college campuses. Free-speech advocates might have won the battle of Berkeley 50 years ago, but they’ve been losing the war on campuses for decades.

Students grow up today with the Internet, which embodies free speech sometimes despicable speech in blogs and social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. But too few of them have a sense of history or seem concerned about what’s going on around them, especially that hundreds of colleges have imposed speech codes or set up absurd “free speech zones” in obscure corners of the campus.

You’d think that Berkeley, with its storied history, would be an exception, but it’s not. While thousands of students jammed Sproul Plaza in 1964, a ceremony this month kicking off a remembrance of that fall’s events drew only about 300 people to the same spot.

Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks set the tone earlier by reminding students and faculty by e-mail that “we can only exercise our right to free speech insofar as we feel safe and respected in doing so, and this in turn requires that people treat each other with civility.” After an uproar among faculty, Dirks issued what some called a mea culpa, in which he downplayed the civility angle and called for “real engagement on divisive issues.”

“Civility,” “respect” and “courteousness” are elitist code words meaning that offending anyone will not be tolerated in the context of free expression. But where does the Constitution guarantee freedom from being offended? For example, I am rarely not offended by something I see or read when I turn on the television or go online. Does that mean I’d like to live in an environment where no one would be permitted to offend me? No, that’s what off-buttons are for.

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In what may become the most compelling free-speech campaign in our educational history, FIRE (Foundation For Individual Rights in Education) has embarked on a lawsuit campaign to restore and guarantee the existence of free speech on our college campuses.

Speaking before the National Press Club in Washington on July 1, Greg Lukianoff, President of FIRE, first focused on speech codes that ban from college campuses such offensive speech as inconsiderate jokes and inappropriately directed laughter and believe it or not passing around copies of the Constitution. Yes, our Constitution!

These speech codes also confine speech deemed to be inappropriate, he added, to tiny out-of-the-way free-speech zones.

As I often report, FIRE is the only national organization to expose and battle these codes in the courts and the media, but, as Lukianoff grimly notes:

Even though speech codes have been successfully challenged in more than two dozen lawsuits over the years nearly three-fifths of public universities still maintain speech codes that are unambiguously unconstitutional.

Remember the First Amendment?

Accordingly, as FIRE declares: FIREs new Stand Up For Free Speech Project is a national effort to eliminate unconstitutional speech codes through targeted First Amendment lawsuits.

By imposing a real cost for violating First Amendment rights, the Stand Up For Free Speech Litigation Project intends to reset the incentives that currently push colleges towards censoring student and faculty speech, Lukianoff continued.

Dig this, college presidents and other administrators:

Lawsuits will be filed against colleges maintaining unconstitutional speech codes in each federal circuit. After each victory by ruling or settlement, FIRE will target another school in the same circuit sending a message that unless public colleges obey the law, they will be sued.

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Sakharov Prize finalists named
Three champions of democracy and free speech, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine and Azerbaijan, emerge as frontrunners for Parliament's 2014 prize for freedom of thought. Comment…

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Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) – Arrests, harassment, a clampdown on free speech: with less than a year before elections in Burundi, critics say the government is doing all it can clamp down on political challengers.

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RED ALERT! Massive Media Takeover In Canada! Post Media buys 175 Papers
by Free Radio Revolution : And free speech slowly gets strangled in Canada…but hey! Hockey's back on!

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Kim Kareny on free speech
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