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Oklahoma University and the Free Speech Battle of the Decade
April 15, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Cliff H. Mason II, Valparaiso University School of Law, Class of 2016, discusses whether a racist chant performed by fraternity members of the Oklahoma University is protected under the First Amendment, or the university president has the capacity to act ... "You can hang th....... [more]

Turkish court acquits Dutch journalist of terrorist propaganda charge
April 13, 2015
A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of social....... [more]

Kuwait top court upholds prison term for Twitter posts
April 5, 2015
Kuwait's Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a two-year prison sentence for a man accused of insulting the emir on Twitter, his lawyer said. Opposition activist Ayyad al-Harbi is an online journalist in his 20s who posted verses by an Iraqi poet critical of the nation's ruler. Al-Harbi was sentenced to t....... [more]

Malaysia political cartoonist charged with sedition over tweets
April 3, 2015
A Malaysian cartoonist known for his political caricatures was charged Friday with nine counts of sedition over a series of tweets criticizing the country's judiciary. Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, popularly referred to as Zunar, could be sentenced to up to 43 years in jail if found guilty on all nine ch....... [more]

UN: Russia must act against human rights abuses and discrimination
April 2, 2015
The UN Human Rights Committee on Thursday released its observational findings on human rights abuses in Russia, concluding that Russia must repeal laws that limit free speech and permit discrimination based on sexual orientation and race. The report noted significant violations of the 1976 Interna....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments in Texas license plate case
March 24, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in two cases. In Walker v. Texas Div., Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. the court heard arguments on whether the state of Texas violated the First Amendment rights of the Texas division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans when a state motor vehic....... [more]

Cambodia passes controversial new election laws
March 19, 2015
Cambodia's Parliament on Thursday passed two controversial new election laws that rights groups are criticizing as ill-conceived and potentially damaging to free speech. The laws represent a compromise between the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in an eff....... [more]

EU to stand by policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea
March 17, 2015
An EU official said Monday that the EU remains committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and will stand by its policy of not recognizing Russia's annexation of Crimea. The EU continues to consider Russia's "referendum" and their annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol as illegal and a....... [more]

University of Oklahoma Expels the First Amendment
March 14, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Howard M. Wasserman, of Florida International University College of Law, discusses the First Amendment and the University of Oklahoma's decision to expel fraternity members that used racially insensitive language ... The First Amendment, Justice Holmes wrote in US v. Schwimmer....... [more]

ADF considers appeal of a ruling upholding Pittsburgh's buffer zone
March 7, 2015
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) on Friday said it is considering appealing a ruling by the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, which upheld a Pittsburgh Ordinance that imposes a 15-foot buffer zone restricting free speech around hospitals, medical offices and medical clinic....... [more]

Burt Neuborne - JURIST Interview
February 27, 2015
JURIST’s Arjun Mishra interviews famous Supreme Court litigator and civil rights defender Burt Neuborne on his recent book, Madison’s Music: On Reading the First Amendment. Neuborne helped found the Brennan Center of Justice at NYU, has served as Legal Director of the ACLU and special co....... [more]




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