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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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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...
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.
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...
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.
AP Explains: How new criminal laws threaten Nepal journalism
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Journalists in Nepal are demanding changes to new criminal and civil codes they say undermine freedom of speech and expression.
The laws that took effect last month are general codes of conduct that apply to all citizens of Nepal, but press freedom groups say harsher sentences for libel and privacy violations are having a chilling effect on journalists in the small Himalayan country. Here are some details:
Court: Anti-gay preachers had right to protest outside Pride
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The U.S. Court of Appeals says the city of Nashville violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay preachers at a 2015 LGBT pride festival.
Federal judges: Missouri PAC donation ban unconstitutional
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a lower court ruling in favor of allowing donations between Missouri political action committees, arguing that a state ban on the practice unconstitutionally violates the groups' First Amendment rights.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges wrote in the ruling that "like individuals, PACs enjoy the right to freedom of speech and association."
Activist compares Beijing’s rule in Hong Kong to colonialism
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing's rule over the city as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand that the event be canceled.
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Authorities in Belarus have detained six journalists in what is being seen by rights activists as an attack on freedom of speech.
Belarus' Investigative Committee on Thursday confirmed the detention of six journalists, including Deutsche Welle's Paulyuk Bykowski. DW lodged a protest.
Authorities say the journalists are charged with getting unsanctioned access to state news agency BelTA, and failing to pay for its information. They face up to two years in prison if convicted.
Authorities in Belarus detain 3 journalists
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Authorities in Belarus have detained at least three journalists in what some view as an attack on freedom of speech.
Belarus' Investigative Committee said Tuesday the journalists from two leading independent news outlets were detained on charges of getting unsanctioned access to information from the state news BelTA, and failing to pay for it.
They may face up to two years in prison if convicted.
HONG KONG (AP) — A journalists' association in Hong Kong says it will defy the Chinese government and follow through with a planned speech by a pro-independence activist that has become a mounting political flashpoint in the city.