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Justice Neil Gorsuch Has Landed, to the Delight of the American Right


We can appreciate the full import of Gorsuch’s position on the Supreme Court only by analyzing his written orders and decisions.

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 READ MORE
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TSA May Require Flyers to Remove All Paper Products in Carry-On Bags for Inspection


The ACLU says the policy being considered by the Transportation Security Administration raises concerns about violation of passengers’ privacy rights.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE

Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban on Offensive Trademarks


The ruling for an Asian-American band named the Slants is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their fight to keep the team name, which many find insulting.

Posted on Jun 19, 2017 READ MORE

Reporter Arrested During Trump Inauguration Protests May Face 75 Years in Prison


A federal grand jury indicts Aaron Cantú, who was covering the protests in Washington, D.C., as an independent journalist.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Isn’t the Only One Blocking Constituents on Twitter


As elected officials turn to social media to communicate with voters, some legislators are blocking those who disagree with them. Critics say this violates the First Amendment.

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 READ MORE

Structures of Power and the Ethical Limits of Speech


Can free speech be isolated as an absolute value when any practice of freedom is affected by the social and political context of today’s unequal power relations?

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE

Wikimedia Scores ‘Important Victory’ in the Fight Against NSA Surveillance


On Tuesday, a federal appeals court found that the Wikimedia Foundation had standing to argue that the National Security Agency was violating its First and Fourth Amendment rights by spying on its users’ communications.

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE

Hasan Minhaj, Samantha Bee Roast Trump in Absentia at Competing Events (Video)

Minhaj headlines the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday, while Bee hosts the Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Posted on May 1, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Journalist Barrett Brown, Recently Released From Prison, Is Re-Arrested Before Scheduled Interview


New First Amendment concerns are raised over the treatment of Brown, who was imprisoned in a case related to email leaks.

Posted on Apr 30, 2017 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Warns That Press Freedom Is at Risk as the U.S. Seeks to Arrest Julian Assange

With the Trump administration preparing charges against the WikiLeaks founder (pictured) and refusing to rule out prosecuting mainstream media outlets, the prizewinning journalist examines the potential impact.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

U.N. Experts: Americans’ Right to Protest Is in Danger Under Trump


Since Donald Trump was elected president, at least 19 states have introduced bills that attack freedom of peaceful assembly and expression.

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 READ MORE

Questions Arise About Gorsuch’s Views on Torture and Executive Power


Critics are concerned that the Supreme Court nominee won’t offer an adequate check on Donald Trump’s agenda.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

Where Free Speech Ends, Ignorance Begins


Recent attempts to quash the freedom to speak reflect the know-nothing intolerance afflicting this nation.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

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Court Takes Trump to the Woodshed for a Lesson on Judicial Review


The “Muslim ban” has been addressed under a time-honored scrutiny. But with the president’s team sending mixed signals, the question is: Has the administration learned anything?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE

Geoff Cowan, Former Head of Voice of America, Stresses the Need for a Strong Press in the Trump Age

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with the USC journalism professor, pictured, about opposition to the new Trump administration and the role of the media in these troubling times.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

UC Berkeley Protests Spark Debate Over First Amendment


The campus was rocked this week by both peaceful and violent protests that ultimately shut down the planned appearance of far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

Mainstream Media’s Wimpy Coverage of Inaugural Address Was No Surprise


Does the age of Trump signal a new era of McCarthyism—or worse, an American brand of fascism?

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE

On Verge of Trump Era, Republicans Push New Laws to Clamp Down on Protest


GOP legislators are proposing laws that would criminalize nonviolent protest in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Washington and Iowa.

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump Is Creating ‘a Framework in Which Authoritarian Leaders Assert More Power’

Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, analyzes the president-elect’s troubling attitude toward the media.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Fake News and the New McCarthyism


Charges of Russian interference in our election should be investigated but ought not to become an occasion to harass domestic critics of U.S. policy. 

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Waiting for the Barbarians


The collapse of our democratic institutions, the pillaging of the economy by the elites and the surrender of our most basic constitutional rights will be enshrined permanently into law by a crisis.

Posted on Nov 27, 2016 READ MORE

18 Journalism Groups Send Letter to President-Elect Donald Trump for Press Access


Journalists are concerned that the incoming chief executive will be a threat to freedom of the press and government transparency during his presidency.

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

Media Expert Dan Gillmor: Why Journalists Must Be Activists


The fear is that President-elect Donald Trump and a new right-wing Congress will be the biggest threat to American civil liberties and freedom of speech in our lifetimes.

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 READ MORE

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Reflect a Nationwide Search for Justice

The Truthdig team sat down with documentary filmmaker Josh Fox to discuss the criminalization of journalists documenting the protests in North Dakota, the election and the troubling state of American democracy.

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Charges Against Journalist Amy Goodman Dropped in Vindication for Press Freedom (Video)


North Dakota has dismissed riot charges issued after the Democracy Now! host reported on security guards assaulting nonviolent Dakota Access pipeline protesters in September. By filing the charges in the first place, “the state’s attorney was attempting to stop journalism,” Goodman said.

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE

Amy Goodman Explains Decision to Turn Herself In to North Dakota Authorities (Video)

What had the journalist been doing at the Dakota Access pipeline protest? Her job.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Ralph Nader: Calling a Third-Party Candidate a Spoiler Is the Same as Saying ‘Shut Up’

People from outside the major parties who are pursuing elected office are exercising their First Amendment rights. Calling them spoilers is “political bigotry” that Americans should never tolerate, the activist says.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

North Dakota vs. Amy Goodman: Journalism Is Not a Crime


The Dakota Access pipeline story is critical to the fate of people and the planet. It’s about climate change—and about indigenous rights conflicting with corporate and government power.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

North Dakota Charges Journalist Amy Goodman for Exercising Her First Amendment Rights


At a Dakota Access pipeline site, the “Democracy Now!” host documented use of vicious guard dogs by private security personnel in clashes with protesters. Authorities have charged her with trespassing.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE

How Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Hulk Hogan Threaten Freedom of the Press


The power elites that rule America are threatening the First Amendment again—and the assault is not coming just from government agencies.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Protesters in East L.A. Would Rather ‘Deport Her’ Than Support Her (Multimedia)

Demonstrators did not appreciate the Democratic presidential candidate’s appearance in the Mexican-American community on Cinco de Mayo and accused her of pandering to Latinos.

Posted on May 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

CAIR-LA Files Federal Lawsuit Accusing Long Beach Police of Stripping Woman of Hijab


A male officer allegedly removed Kirsty Powell’s religious headscarf by force during an arrest, and now the United States’ largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization seeks justice.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s War on the First Amendment


Despite the GOP front-runner’s reputation for speaking his mind and “telling it like it is,” he is an enemy of freedom of speech, suing anyone who says something he doesn’t like. But it gets worse: As president, he promises, he would dismantle safeguards that foster robust discussion of public issues.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE

The ‘Blame the Campus Liberals’ Campaign Aims at Yale


A national campaign to blame campus distempers on politically correct liberals has found yet another target in angry students and anxious administrators.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE

The Supreme Court Approaches Judgment Day


With a bench containing three octogenarians, the next president will have a historic opportunity to reshape the court. At stake: five pivotal legal and social issues.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE

Public Sector Unions Pin Hopes on Antonin Scalia Going Rogue


The conservative Supreme Court justice holds the key to their fate in a case with blockbuster potential.

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 READ MORE

The U.S. Represents a Cautionary Tale About a Media System Dominated by Market Values


Unless corporate libertarianism is dismantled, it will be difficult to achieve an effective “media democracy” that protects the collective rights of the public-interest media, audiences and communities over the individual rights of corporations.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE

Citizens United Is Headed for the California Ballot: Here’s What You Need to Know


All eyes will be on a state advisory referendum that’s expected to galvanize protests against a broken political process.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

Supreme Court Preview: The Pope Casts a Long Shadow Over the New Term


Francis’ full-throated opposition to the death penalty puts him at the opposite end of the moral universe from Scalia, Thomas and Alito.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets


The social media giant’s decision to end public access to its websites that archive politicians’ deleted tweets alarms transparency advocates.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE

How the Israel Lobbies Hurt the University of Illinois and the First Amendment in the Salaita Case


There is no honor among thieves or ideologues, and it is sad to see a great university’s leadership descend into petty squabbling and vicious infighting over the illegal firing of Urbana-Champaign professor Steven Salaita.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

Government Surveillance of the Black Lives Matter Movement Shamelessly Violates the First Amendment


ACLU staff attorney Nusrat Choudhury explains why government tracking of activists involved in the Black Lives Matter movement is simply “not okay.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE

Campus Administrators Invoke ‘Civility’ to Silence Critical Speech


University administrators are successfully rallying around the value of “civility” in discourse as a means of silencing and getting rid of professors deemed politically troublesome.

Posted on Apr 18, 2015 READ MORE

The Noise Machine That Quells Dissent


Police in a number of U.S. cities aren’t just tasering and tear-gassing protesters, they’re attacking their sense of hearing.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

Hypocrisy Abounds: Free Speech as Cover for Islamophobia


The dominant narrative that has emerged from the horrific massacre at Charlie Hebdo is that the very foundation of freedom itself was attacked last week in Paris, and that the best way to fight Islamic fundamentalism is to uphold the ethos of the French weekly’s irreverence and satire.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE

Caricature Assassination


Exercising one’s artistic prerogative to create a drawing that is critical or demeaning of an established religion or political ideology should in no way be construed to equate with kicking a hornet’s nest, which it has been, over and over and over again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE    

Shredding the Fourth Amendment in Post-Constitutional America


The Bill of Rights was designed to protect the people from their government. If the First Amendment’s right to speak out publicly was the people’s wall of security, then the Fourth Amendment’s right to privacy was its buttress. It was once thought that the government should neither be able to stop citizens from speaking nor peer into their lives.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Cecily McMillan


Occupy Wall Street organizer Cecily McMillan is paying with her time and body for our leaders’ sins of unbridled power and extreme wealth.

Posted on May 11, 2014 READ MORE

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