Coronavirus and Mass Protests Demonstrate Need to Proactively Protect First Amendment Rights

June 30, 2020   •  By Alec Greven   •  , , , ,

It is not enough just to try and protect free speech during an emergency. Rather, it is essential that, in advance of an emergency, ...

Campaign-Finance Laws Created Candidate Bloomberg

February 24, 2020   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , ,

This piece, co-authored with John R. Lott Jr., originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal on February 24, 2020.    House Democrats held a ...

Letter to Arizona Department of Child Safety Concerning Ban on Parental Criticism of Agency Actions

July 23, 2019   •  By David Keating   •  , , ,

I write in response to a recent Arizona Republic article that reports at least one instance where your office has instructed a parent to ...

Round-Up: First Amendment Commentary on the Julian Assange Indictment

April 17, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech has been tracking discussion in the media on the potential First Amendment implications of the Justice Department’s recent indictment ...

Regulating Speakers Harms First Amendment Rights, Whether They’re Professional Journalists or Not

April 16, 2019   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , , , ,

Those rightly concerned about the creation of a sham “Journalism Ethics Board” should be similarly concerned about the immense powers granted to agencies, like ...

Iowa Legislature’s Denial of Press Credentials to Laura Belin

April 9, 2019   •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The Institute for Free Speech has engaged the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP to produce a legal memorandum analyzing whether the Iowa ...

Nieves v. Bartlett

The Supreme Court should reject any mode of analysis for First Amendment retaliatory arrest claims that permits official conduct to go unchecked that is ...

Can Free Speech be Progressive? Only if Progressives Speak Freely.

September 12, 2018   •  By Eric Peterson   •  ,

A recent event at the Cato Institute examined the controversial question, “Can Free Speech be Progressive?” The query was posed by professor Louis Michael ...

The New York Times wants anonymity for the powerful, but no privacy for you

September 7, 2018   •  By Brad Smith   •  , , ,

President Trump set off another mini-firestorm this week with his reaction to an anonymously-authored New York Times op-ed in which the author “vowed to ...

Media or Not, the First Amendment Protects Your Right to Unlimited Speech

August 3, 2018   •  By Alex Baiocco   •  , ,

Hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper recently announced that he purchased the Chicago local news site Chicagoist. Part of the Gothamist family of local news outlets, the publication was previously ...

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