Tag: Freedom of Speech and Expression

Inside The Wall Street Journal, Tensions Rise Over ‘Sick Man’ China Headline

More than four dozen journalists at The Wall Street Journal challenged their bosses and criticized the newspaper’s opinion side in a letter that was sent to top executives on Thursday, the day after China announced that it would expel three Journal staff members in retaliation for a headline that offended the country’s leaders. In all, […]

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White Supremacist Guilty of Killing 2 Who Came to Aid of Black Teens

[For more stories on race from The Times, sign up here for our weekly Race/Related newsletter.] Walia Mohamed, a Somali immigrant to Portland, Ore., no longer rides the city’s light rail system. She has stopped wearing her hijab, too. These are simple things, but she no longer feels safe doing either of them. The last […]

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Jeremy Christian Guilty of Murder in Racist Portland Train Attack

[For more stories on race from The Times, sign up here for our weekly Race/Related newsletter.] Walia Mohamed, a Somali immigrant to Portland, Ore., no longer rides the city’s light rail system. She has stopped wearing her hijab, too. These are simple things, but she no longer feels safe doing either of them. The last […]

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Gender Pronouns Can Be Tricky on Campus. Harvard Is Making Them Stick.

For generations of future diplomats and cabinet officials educated at Harvard’s renowned John F. Kennedy School of Government, orientation day has come with a name placard that the students carry from class to class, so their professors can easily call on them. When Diego Garcia Blum, 30, got his placard last fall, the first-year graduate […]

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University Condemns Comparison of ‘OK, Boomer’ to Racial Slur by Professor

The president of the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday condemned the remarks of a professor who told his class that the phrase “OK, boomer” was comparable to a racial slur against black people, provoking outrage from students in the class and around campus. Peter Gade, the director of graduate studies at the university’s journalism school, […]

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Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content

LONDON — Britain on Wednesday introduced a plan that would give the government more latitude to regulate internet content, as part of an effort to force Facebook, YouTube and other internet giants to do more to police their platforms. The government said the country’s media regulator, known as Ofcom, would take on new responsibilities monitoring […]

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In Amazon’s Bookstore, No Second Chances for the Third Reich

SAN FRANCISCO — Amazon is quietly canceling its Nazis. Over the past 18 months, the retailer has removed two books by David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, as well as several titles by George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party. Amazon has also prohibited volumes like “The Ruling […]

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Swiss Vote to Penalize Public Homophobia

Swiss voters agreed on Sunday to penalize public homophobia, greenlighting an amendment to an antidiscrimination law that had not provided protection for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. The amendment, which was years in the making, was challenged by opponents arguing that it would stifle freedom of expression. Voters were asked in a referendum whether […]

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Librarians Could Face Charges for ‘Age-Inappropriate’ Material Under Proposal

Public library employees in Missouri could face a fine or jail time for providing “age-inappropriate sexual material” under a bill proposed by a state lawmaker. The bill, known as the “Parental Oversight of Public Libraries Act,” has drawn criticism by library and freedom-of-speech groups since it was introduced last month by State Representative Ben Baker, […]

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When Will We See Bolton’s Book?

Thanks to a leak to the press, we all now know that John Bolton has written an explosive account of President Trump’s fateful decision to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance from Ukraine. But it is far from clear how much of this story the public will be permitted to read, and […]

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Why This Iowa Campus Is Erasing Political Chalk Talk

AMES, Iowa — The well-trodden pathways at Iowa State University are usually caked with chalk during an election year. Students streaming past the domed administration building, hunched against the biting cold, could look down at their phones and expect to see “Trump 2020” or “Pete!” in dusty block letters. Instead, the sidewalks are bare. With […]

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Could Trump Muzzle John Bolton? The Limits of Executive Privilege, Explained

WASHINGTON — Republican senators allied with President Trump are increasingly arguing that the Senate should not call witnesses or subpoena documents for his impeachment trial because Mr. Trump has threatened to invoke executive privilege, and a legal fight would take too long to resolve. But it is far from clear that Mr. Trump has the […]

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40 of America’s Greatest Writers on Key Supreme Court Decisions

FIGHT OF THE CENTURY Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU CasesEdited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman Americans have always loved a courtroom drama. As attacks on the rule of law become more frequent and intense, the public has rekindled its often dormant affection for public-interest lawyers — endearingly unglamorous defenders of principle […]

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