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260 China rights lawyers protest detention of fellow lawyer
December 14, 2014
Two hundred sixty Chinese lawyers signed an open letter condemning police action in the northeastern province of Jilin where a lawyer was detained after invoking the constitutional rights of free speech and religion in court. The lawyer, Zhang Keke, was taken from court and detained for six hours ov....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on specialty license plates
December 8, 2014
The US Supreme Court agreed last Friday to add three cases to the docket for the upcoming term. The first case, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. involves state-issued specialty license plates and whether the First Amendment's free speech protection allows state government....... [more]

Revenge Porn and Free Speech: Let's Not Throw Out the Baby with the Bathwater
December 2, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of Valparaiso University School of Law discusses the offenses of non-consensual publication of obscene materials and possible implication of the laws banning such offenses ..."I was just so afraid. I didn't know how this would affect my career," said Jennifer Lawr....... [more]

Federal appeals court upholds Mississippi campaign contribution law
November 16, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Friday upheld a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires disclosure of political contributions. The Mississippi campaign finance law states that a person or group who contributes more than $200 to any ballot initiative must file a financial rep....... [more]

California gun dealers challenge law limiting advertisments
November 12, 2014
A group of California gun dealers filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday challenging a state law that limits their right to advertise. According to California Penal Code section 26820 it is unlawful for a gun dealer to display an advertisement outside of its store windows. The gun dealers argue tha....... [more]

Mumia supporters challenge Pennsylvania law as First Amendment violation
November 10, 2014
Mumia Abu-Jamal and supporters filed a lawsuit Monday challenging a recently passed Pennsylvania law that they claim stifles free speech. The law, an amendment to the Crime Victims Act titled "Revictimization relief," states that victims of personal injury crimes can bring civil actions against offe....... [more]

Bahrain rights activist charged over insulting tweets
October 11, 2014
Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was charged on Thursday with insulting the ministries of defense and interior over his tweets that alleged Bahrain's security institutions were the first incubators for extremist ideology. Without naming Rajab, the public prosecution statement ordered his....... [more]

Federal judge rules donor disclosure required for political documentary
September 23, 2014
The US District Court for the District of Colorado denied on Monday a request by Citizens United for a preliminary injunction to allow the conservative organization to air a political documentary without disclosing the film's advertising donors as required by state law. The documentary, Rocky Mount....... [more]

Oklahoma asks court to dismiss lawsuit filed after botched execution
September 18, 2014
Oklahoma on Wednesday requested that the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma dismiss a lawsuit filed after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Guardian and The Oklahoma Observer filed the lawsuit in August in reaction to the sta....... [more]

Why Every Single Supreme Court Justice Got Hobby Lobby Wrong
September 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Ron Fein, of Free Speech for People, discusses the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision ...The Supreme Court's majority opinion in Hobby Lobby made a serious mistake about the nature of corporate religious claims. But so did the dissent. As Hobby Lobby's case worked i....... [more]

UN rights office calls for review of Malaysia sedition law
September 17, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday called on Malaysian authorities to cease arrests and prosecutions under the country's 1948 Sedition Act, a law that limits free speech and freedom of expression. Rupert Colville, OHCHR spokesperson, expressed concern about....... [more]




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