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Government Censorship of Social Media Demands Bright-Line Rule

March 14, 2024  •  By Charles "Chip" Miller & Brett Nolan   •  , ,

Institute for Free Speech attorneys say the squishy test courts currently apply to government censorship of third parties doesn’t sufficiently protect free speech, and ...

Commentary: Bill would correct a glaring weakness in SC’s free speech protections

March 10, 2024  •  By David Keating   •  ,

South Carolina currently provides no protection against a key threat to free speech: strategic lawsuits against public participation, or “SLAPPs.”

Protecting Free Speech in West Virginia

February 16, 2024  •  By David Keating   •  ,

Current West Virginia law provides no SLAPP protection whatsoever for speakers who comment on any matter of public concern.

FEC shows how (and why) bipartisanship can still work

February 16, 2024  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

It is true that the FEC’s bipartisan structure will lead it to tie votes at times. But this is a feature, not a bug.

Lawmakers should protect free speech in Pennsylvania and pass the Anti-SLAPP bill | Opinion

January 31, 2024  •  By David Keating   •  ,

State lawmakers have a golden opportunity to strengthen free speech for all Pennsylvanians this year.

Protect Free Speech Against Lawsuits

January 13, 2024  •  By David Keating   •  ,

What can Michigan do to improve free-speech protections for its citizens?

Minnesota’s Xenophobic Restrictions on Speech

December 17, 2023  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The Minnesota law is typical of these measures, making Monday’s hearing an early test of their constitutionality. The law defines “foreign-influenced corporations” as including any U.S. ...

Idaho is one of the last states without an anti-SLAPP law. It’s time to change that

December 5, 2023  •  By David Keating   •  ,

Unfortunately, as the Institute for Free Speech’s new 2023 Anti-SLAPP Report Card highlights, Idaho is one of a dwindling number of states without vital ...

Josh Hawley misses the mark on Citizens United

November 20, 2023  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The illiberal Left reacted to the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission with hysteria.

Seventeen states still criminalize criticism of public officials

October 13, 2023  •  By David Keating   •  , , ,

New Hampshire’s criminal libel law makes intentionally and falsely disparaging another person a misdemeanor if the communication “will tend to expose any other living person ...

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Gays Against Groomers and Rocky Mountain Women’s Network Sue to Protect Right to Speak on Trans Bills

April 4, 2024  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Attorneys for the Institute for Free Speech filed the lawsuit after Colorado lawmakers silenced and chilled speech during recent public hearings on “Tiara’s Law”

Parents Sue to Stop NYC Education Officials’ Assault on Free Speech

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March 27, 2024  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The lawsuit, filed by Institute for Free Speech attorneys, aims to halt viewpoint discrimination by New York City public schools

Institute for Free Speech Urges Sixth Circuit to Protect Free Political Speech in the Form of Coordinated Political Party Expenditures

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March 12, 2024  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The brief argues that limits on such expenditures violate the First Amendment because the rule is not narrowly tailored to prevent quid pro quo ...

Ninth Circuit Vacates Denial of Preliminary Injunction in Portland State University Professor Bruce Gilley’s Free Speech Case

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March 8, 2024  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech brought the case on Gilley’s behalf after the University of Oregon Division of Equity and Inclusion blocked him on ...

Moms for Liberty and Institute for Free Speech Ask Sixth Circuit to Protect First Amendment Rights at School Board Meetings

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March 4, 2024  •  By IFS Staff   •  , , ,

The Institute has just filed an appeal brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to challenge unconstitutional policies that chill ...

Institute for Free Speech Urges Supreme Court to Establish Bright-Line Rule to Protect Political Speech from Censorship

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February 9, 2024  •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The brief says the First Amendment generally prohibits the government from privately soliciting removal of lawful political speech

Journalist Laura Belin Scores Fast Victory in Longstanding Dispute over Denial of Press Credentials

January 24, 2024  •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

After years of refusing to grant Belin credentials despite her extensive career, the Iowa House Chief Clerk relented within days after the filing of ...

Journalist Laura Belin Sues Iowa House Clerk over Denial of Press Credentials

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January 19, 2024  •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The Iowa House Chief Clerk has repeatedly denied credentials even though Belin qualifies under the credential criteria.

Institute for Free Speech Urges Sixth Circuit to Reverse Sittenfeld Bribery Conviction

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December 19, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The Institute for Free Speech has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the case United ...

Institute for Free Speech Files Amicus Brief to Protect Speakers from Retaliatory Arrests

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December 19, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute’s brief in Gonzalez v. Trevino aims to protect the right of plaintiffs to sue when government officials retaliate against constitutionally protected

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Daily Media Links 7/29

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July 29, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Senior Attorney – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC or Virtual Office The Institute for Free Speech is hiring a Senior Attorney with ...

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July 28, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Washington Times: Lawsuit accuses Georgia school board of censoring moms at meetings By Sean Salai Two mothers have sued a Georgia school board ...

Daily Media Links 7/27

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July 27, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Forsyth County Schools Sued for Censorship at Board Meetings Concerned parents in Forsyth County want school officials ...

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July 26, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Congress People United for Privacy: PUFP Letter in Response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration’s July 19 hearing on “The DISCLOSE Act” ...

Daily Media Links 7/25

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July 25, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts Washington Free Beacon: Court Overrules School District That Banned Father Who Exposed Obscene Library Books By Elizabeth Troutman A federal judge on Wednesday ...

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July 22, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Epoch Times: Every Senate Dem but Sinema Backs Bill to Compromise First Amendment Freedom of Speech By Mark Tapscott First introduced in ...

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July 21, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury settles free speech lawsuit. What it could mean to other districts By Peg Quann The impact of ...

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July 20, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Insider: Ted Cruz: Democrats used to support free speech, but ‘unfortunately, that time has long since passed’ By Hanna Kang David Keating, ...

Daily Media Links 7/19

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July 19, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Senior Attorney – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC or Virtual Office The Institute for Free Speech is hiring a Senior Attorney with ...

Daily Media Links 7/18

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July 18, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Philadelphia Inquirer: The Pennsbury School District will pay $300,000 to settle lawsuit over four men’s curtailed public comments By Maddie Hanna The ...