Seen but not heard: Lakers, Nets, NBA are silent in Shanghai
LeBron James raised his arms in appreciation of the cheering crowd in Shanghai shortly after the final buzzer, then removed his headband and flipped it toward some ticketholders clamoring for a...
Popovich lauds Silver’s response to China over tweet rift
MIAMI (AP) — Gregg Popovich, the NBA's longest-tenured coach, lauded NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday for his stance supporting freedom of speech amid the ongoing rift with...
With China rift ongoing, NBA says free speech remains vital
TOKYO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the league is not apologizing for Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's since-deleted tweet showing support for anti-government protesters in...
Judge: Man with cyberstalking charge can request public info
MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge says an architect indicted on cyberstalking did not violate bond conditions by requesting information from the city of Meridian and Lauderdale...
Students contend park rules hurt speech, religious liberty
CHICAGO (AP) — Four Wheaton College students have sued the city of Chicago, claiming rules for a popular park undercut the First Amendment's guarantees of freedom of speech and free exercise of...
NRA sues San Francisco over terrorist declaration
The National Rifle Association sued San Francisco on Monday over the city's recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a "domestic terrorist organization."
Judge lets man sue after DMV rejects specialty license plate
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge ruled a soccer fan can sue the California Department of Motor Vehicles and claim it violated his freedom of speech by rejecting his request for a specialty...
The Latest: Germany expects China to respect Hong Kong law
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):
The German government says it considers China to be a responsible actor that will respect Hong Kong...
Tennessee commission bans public from livestreaming meetings
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee county commission has voted to ban the general public from livestreaming its meetings.
The Leaf-Chronicle reports the Montgomery County Commission voted...
European band pulls out of Lebanon festival in protest
BEIRUT (AP) — European rock band Within Temptation says it is cancelling its concert at a Lebanese music festival in solidarity with a local group whose show was pulled from the program under...
Lawsuit: Forced bar association dues are unconstitutional
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A lawsuit filed against Louisiana's Supreme Court and the Louisiana State Bar Association says attorneys in the state are unconstitutionally forced to join the association and...
Judge: New Orleans can’t take down Trump quotes mural
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans cannot make a landowner take down a mural of infamous quotes recorded when Donald Trump was on "Access Hollywood" in 2005 because the city's mural regulations...
DENVER (AP) — A state appeals court has dismissed a libel suit filed by a Texas energy firm against a Colorado environmental activist, finding that the lawsuit sought to stifle the activist's...
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A former central Indiana teacher who lost his job after citing religious reasons for disagreeing with a policy compelling teachers to call transgender students by their...
Canada: Time for China to “break the silence” on Tiananmen
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's foreign minister said on the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre that it's time for Beijing to "break the silence."
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed a report claiming she has concluded that the new leader of her center-right party isn't up to leading the country, and defended her in a...
White House launches survey looking for tech industry bias
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — On the heels of President Donald Trump's repeated assertions claiming anti-conservative bias by tech companies, the White House has launched an online form asking people to...
- Star TribuneAdvocacy group calls on Minneapolis to halt investigation into leaked reportAugust 9, 2018
- The Washington TimesWhite House says media hecklers are entitled to free speechAugust 1, 2018
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island has sued the state on behalf of nonfiction writers, saying a sales tax exemption for authors is unconstitutional because...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Democratic auditor on Tuesday asked the state attorney general to weigh in on whether Republican Gov. Mike Parson broke the law by redacting information from...
Europe looks to remold internet with new copyright rules
LONDON (AP) — The European Union has approved a copyright overhaul that aims to give more protection to artists and news organizations but which critics say will stifle freedom of speech and...
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A First Amendment conference is planned by the University of Central Oklahoma to coincide with the start of the 50th year of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.
Suit targets California’s ban on ‘Come on You Whites’ plate
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A soccer fan says in a lawsuit that the California Department of Motor Vehicles violated his First Amendment rights by rejecting a personalized license plate he said would...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to protect authors, journalists and speakers in Idaho from defamation judgments originating in courts in other countries has been signed into law by Republican Gov....
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker in South Carolina has stopped blocking one of his frequent critics on Facebook after the man threatened to file a lawsuit claiming the legislator...
Leaders hint Poland will not fully apply EU copyright law
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's right-wing leaders hinted Saturday they will not fully implement the European Union's new copyright reform, saying it stifles freedom of speech.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation intended to protect authors, journalists and speakers in Idaho from defamation judgments originating in courts in other countries is heading to the...
- Globe NewswireNCLA Asks Court to Overturn SEC’s Lifetime Gag on Free SpeechJuly 8, 2019
- Globe NewswireHUSTLER Magazine Celebrates 45 Years in PrintJuly 2, 2019
- Business WireBona Law Challenges Lawyer’s State Bar Suspension under Antitrust Law and ConstitutionJune 5, 2019
- ACCESSWIRELiberty University Delivers Powerful Day of Conservative ActivismMarch 1, 2019
- Globe NewswireOregon Bakers Ask U.S. Supreme Court to Protect Free SpeechOctober 22, 2018
Thousands in Germany protest planned EU internet reforms
BERLIN (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Germany to protest planned European Union copyright reforms that they fear will lead to online censorship.
BOSTON (AP) — Opponents of a bill that would ban LGBTQ conversion therapy in Massachusetts say they will likely challenge the measure in court if it becomes law.
News organizations to highlight most threatened journalists
A coalition of more than a dozen global news organizations, including The Associated Press, The Financial Times and Reuters, will spotlight the world's most threatened journalists in a new freedom...
Proposed order on campus speech follows wave of complaints
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposed executive order to protect free speech on college campuses follows a growing chorus of complaints from conservatives that the nation's...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's bills aimed at possible Keystone XL protests (all times local):
The Latest: Spokeswoman: Kinzinger remarks freedom of speech
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on an Illinois congressman who criticized Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' decision to pull Wisconsin National Guard troops off the U.S. southern border (all times...
Activists making plans to counter Klan group’s rally
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Civil rights activists are making plans to counter a May 25 rally in Ohio by a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group.
Montgomery County issued a permit to the Madison,...
New Hampshire court upholds women’s topless conviction
New Hampshire's highest court upheld Friday the conviction of three women who were arrested for going topless on a beach, finding their constitutional rights were not violated.
In a 3-2 ruling, the court decided that Laconia's ordinance does not discriminate on the basis of gender or violate the women's right to free speech.
Artist, activist Ai Weiwei and director Barry Jenkins discuss recent abuses of free speech
Justices weigh free speech case involving ‘Arctic Man’ event
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday waded into a freedom of speech case resulting from an arrest at Arctic Man, a snowmobile and ski race event that draws thousands to a remote campsite in Alaska.
Events canceled, editor expelled: Hong Kong’s losing freedom
HONG KONG (AP) — The cancellation of literary and artistic events and the refusal to allow a Financial Times editor to enter Hong Kong have reignited concern about freedom of expression in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
A last-minute decision Friday to reinstate the literary event illustrates the back-and-forth over this issue.
Thousands in Brazil protest order to remove ‘propaganda’
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two days before Brazil picks its next president, thousands gathered in front of Rio de Janeiro's electoral court on Friday to protest its ruling forcing universities to remove banners containing allegedly illegal electoral propaganda.
Electoral courts in six other states made similar moves, which led several top Brazilian judges to criticize the decisions as a blow to freedom of speech.
European court rejects Austrian’s case over prophet slur
BERLIN (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights says an Austrian woman's conviction for calling the prophet of Islam a pedophile didn't breach her freedom of speech.
The Strasbourg-based ECHR ruled Thursday that Austrian courts had "carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected."
Bangladesh newspaper editors protest digital security law
DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Editors of major daily newspapers in Bangladesh's capital formed a human chain on Monday to protest a new digital security law they say will stifle freedom of speech and media freedom.
Members of the Editors' Council formed the chain in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka and demanded amendments to the recently enacted Digital Security Act, saying many provisions could be used against journalists.
Exhibit of Rockwell’s ‘Four Freedoms’ on display in Michigan
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A traveling exhibit featuring Norman Rockwell's iconic "Four Freedoms" paintings is going on display in the Detroit area.
"Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms " runs Saturday through Jan. 13 at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn.
Bangladeshi newspaper editors protest digital security law
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An influential body of newspaper editors in Bangladesh on Saturday criticized the government for a new digital security law that they say will stifle constitutionally protected freedom of speech and curtail press freedom.
Members of the Editors' Council told a news conference in the nation's capital, Dhaka, that they were not pleased that the bill was made a law despite their objections.
Trump visit to university sparks opposition from faculty
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump's planned visit to Eastern Kentucky University has sparked opposition at the school.
Trump's campaign is planning a rally Saturday to support Republican U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, who's in a tight race with Democrat Amy McGrath for the Sixth District seat.
Hong Kong journalist group protests FT editor’s visa denial
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong journalist groups have expressed dismay over the government's refusal to renew a work visa for a Financial Times editor.
Representatives from the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Club, Hong Kong Journalists Association and other journalism advocacy groups gathered at the Central Government Offices on Monday and handed a letter of protest to a Hong Kong Government representative.
Bangladesh bill critics worry will stifle speech becomes law
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid has signed a bill into law that has been criticized as stifling freedom of speech.
Press secretary Joynal Abedin says Hamid signed the Digital Security Act on Monday.
Britain expresses concern over Hong Kong speech rights
HONG KONG (AP) — Britain has expressed concern over freedom of speech in its former colony Hong Kong after authorities refused to renew the work visa of a senior editor of the Financial Times.
A statement dated Friday said Britain has asked for an explanation as to why Victor Mallet's visa renewal application was rejected.
Journalists slam pending Bangladesh digital security law
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Journalists and human rights groups are demanding major amendments to a bill recently passed in Bangladesh's Parliament, saying it will further choke constitutionally protected freedom of speech.
A powerful body of editors of leading newspapers and TV stations has officially protested the bill, called the Digital Security Act, and plans to form a human chain to protest Saturday in front of the national press club in Dhaka.