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Supreme Court case deals with cheerleaders cheering for Jesus

Kountze - Cheerleaders are taking a case to the Supreme Court of Texas. Team members had banners removed or censored and are claiming that this infringes on their right to free speech.

Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic 'buffer zones'

Washington - The United States Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a Massachusetts law prohibiting protests near abortion clinics is unconstitutional.

'We don't do finesse' says Israeli Spokesman Yigal Palmor

Yigor Palmor works as a major spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs but has many problems with how they conduct their affairs. He claims a lack of finesse and a tendency to push their agenda hurts the foreign image of Israel.

Mass. student punished for writing pro-democracy notes

An American exchange student in China got into a bit of hot water when he wrote some pro-democracy phrases in another student’s notebook.

U.S. Supreme Court case expands political clout of wealthy elite

On April 2, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court overruled a 40-year-old decision upholding the legality of limits to the overall amount a single person can donate to candidates, political parties, and committees.

Facebook to get rid of gun-themed pages?

Facebook executives are currently debating a huge policy change that could bring an end to all gun-themed pages on the social media website.

Op-Ed: Islamists hate free speech Special

Istanbul - Turkey's Islamist government are enforcing new Internet restrictions and persecutes journalists, prosecutors, freedom protesters, and even police.

FBI calls half of populace with 9/11 doubts potential terrorists

A Department of Justice memo instructs local police, under a program named "communities against terrorism," to consider anyone who harbors "conspiracy theories" about 9/11 to be a potential terrorist.

New law stifles free expression in the Gambia

Banjul - Critics are claiming an amendment to a Gambian Internet law will stifle free expression in the tiny West African dictatorship.

Anti-war-on-terror group's free speech challenged in Ottawa

Ottawa - On September 18th, the Ottawa Transit Commission will meet to decide whether or not an anti-war, pro-civil liberties group, currently running ads on 300 buses in Ottawa, will be allowed to continue to air their message.

Op-Ed: Solidarity sing along, peaceful protesters arrested for singing

About 2 years ago, Wisconsin elected a new governor. Governor Walker took office in January of 2011. A month later he introduced a new budget that would change certain rules and could cause many people to lose their jobs.

Kokesh arrested over July video, says possible charge of sedition

UPDATE: Stewart Rhodes, President of Oathkeepers, has issued a statement criticizing the government response to Kokesh, which also criticizes Mr. Kokesh.

Op-Ed: Renewed perils for free expression in Turkey

Istanbul - In November 2012 the deteriorating conditions for reporting news led to a delegation of writers meeting in Istanbul. Now, as widely reported, the media's coverage of so far peaceful protests is now at a crisis.

Author investigated for calling Portuguese President ‘a clown'

Lisbon - Portugal's Attorney General has opened an investigation after celebrated author, Miguel Sousa Tavares, called Portugal’s head of state, President Silva, a clown in an interview. The author’s remarks could see him facing a three year jail term.

Mocking Sarkozy not a crime, says European Court of Human Rights

Strasbourg - In a judgement issued yesterday the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has over-ruled an earlier decision of a French court which resulted in a man who had mocked former French President Nicolas Sarkozy being given a suspended fine of €30.

Op-Ed: New cyberbullying law in North Carolina limits free speech

A new law in North Carolina aimed at protecting teachers from cyberbullying prohibits the creation of fake Internet accounts under teacher's names by students and criminalizes posting unedited pictures or accurate statements which lead to harassment.

Op-Ed: Loyalty oaths and censorship are not principles of freedom

Eugene - Two Arizona lawmakers have introduced two different proposed laws that might come to a vote this year. Both laws would require students in public and charter schools to stand, face an American flag and recite a standard pledge of allegiance every day.

Newspaper journalists in China strike against censorship

Guangzhou - Strikes are rare in China. The authorities have many restrictions in place and those who are prepared to stand against the country's leaders know that they risk a great deal.

UK Defamation Bill poses threat to freedom of speech

A new law to tackle people who publish offensive messages online would have a ‘chilling effect’ on free speech, the Joint Committee on Human Rights has warned the British Government.

Op-Ed: Alber Saber, Egyptian blogger, gets 3 years for blasphemy

Cairo - Alber Saber, an Egyptian blogger, was arrested back in September. Neighbours accused Saber of posting links to a trailer from the film Innocence of Muslims. An Egyptian court sentenced Saber to three years for blasphemy and contempt of religion.

Reporters sans Frontières launch censored content website

Under the banner ‘We fight censorship’ journalists’ campaigning organisation Reporters sans Frontières last week launched a website which will carry content that has been censored, banned or which has given rise to reprisals against its author.

Qatari poet given life sentence for poem critical of régime

Renowned Qatari poet Mohammed Ben al-Dheeb has been sentenced to life imprisonment for writing verse that authorities claim insults the country's symbols and encourages the overthrow of the government.

Free Speech: Devout Christian wins Facebook post ruling in court

A devout Christian who expressed opposition to legalising gay marriage on his Facebook page has won a court case brought for breach of contract against his employers after losing his post as a housing manager and being forced to take a 40% pay cut.

Report finds free speech in Canadian universities being eroded

Calgary - Canadian universities received a failing grade in the annual Campus Freedom Index by the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF). The report claims that these post-secondary institutions have desecrated free speech.

Free Speech in UK: Rowan Atkinson and the right to insult people

British actor and comedian, Rowan Atkinson has given his full support to a newly launched campaign aimed at reforming the UK’s controversial insults law. The campaign relates to Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986.

Peaceful Toronto free speech event goes on without Terry Jones Special

Toronto - Even without the controversial Florida Pastor Terry Jones, the free speech event at Queen's Park in Toronto went on and the debates unfolded between those denouncing Islam and those defending the Islamic religion.

Anti-Jihad ads heading for Washington, DC

Washington - In a court ruling, it was decided that anti-Jihad adverts could be displayed in the Washington, DC metro, as has already been done in New York City and San Francisco.

Op-Ed: Assange's balcony speech, and one humble opinion

London - Julian Assange made a rather pontifical speech on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy this past weekend, with the current Wikileaks farce at a stalemate.

Op-Ed: Free speech and the recent 'Aborignal memes' debacle

Brisbane - Given the very recent 'Aboriginal memes' controversy, should free speech be subject to censorship, if the subjects of humour happen find the matter offensive?

Op-Ed: Fooling nobody — Pussy Riot and Assange are much the same thing

Sydney - During the Cold War, anyone who spoke against US and USSR governments could be, and was, literally persecuted. Thanks to Joe McCarthy and Joe Stalin, nobody had any actual right of protest. Things haven’t changed much.
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A Hindu prayer prior to the debates at the Freedom of Speech event in front of the Ontario Legislature.
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Pat Condell with his signature hand gesture while he says "Peace."
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Turkish composer and pianist Fazil Say was convicted of blasphemy for speaking out against Erdogan
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