Freedom Of Speech

Life of the Law

Boiled Angel

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Freedom of speech is a right guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. One exception to the rule is obscenity. But determining what is obscene is difficult – especially for the very people making it.


The Brian Lehrer Show

John Galliano, Westboro Baptist Church and Multiculturalism

Friday, March 11, 2011

Christopher Dickey, Paris bureau chief and Middle East regional editor for Newsweek Magazine, discusses the different approaches by the U.S. and French governments to free speech and multiculturalism in the context of recent events.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In Defense of WikiLeaks

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Read a recap of this interview on It's A Free Country.

Glenn columnist, former constitutional law and civil rights litigator in New York and the author of Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics, discusses why critics of WikiLeaks are wrong.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: What Speech Would You Outlaw?

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a case that may test the limits of free speech. 

The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas will argue before the nation’s highest court for their constitutional right to protest outside soldiers’ funerals with signs reading things like "God Hates Fags."

We discuss this groundbreaking case later in the show but, in the meantime, we asked you: What’s something you’ve heard or read that you thought should be outlawed?

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The Takeaway

Pakistan Bans Facebook, YouTube for Blasphemy

Monday, May 24, 2010

Pakistan has temporarily blocked access to Facebook and YouTube due to "blasphemy."

Here's the context: It started with South Park. The intentionally incendiary cartoon comedy came under criticism for making an image depicting Mohammed (an act offensive to many Muslims). Comedy Central ran the episode in question, but heavily censored it; among the protests from Muslims was one from a group named "Revolution Muslim." The group posted a lengthy response to the episode, including language bordering on death threats. So another cartoonist came to the defense of free speech, and made a joking proposition that there should be an "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day."

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