Brian J. Buchanan

Brian J. Buchanan ( is managing editor/online for the First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn. The website is the First Amendment Center Online at

Buchanan has also been publications director, director of journalism programs, and media-relations director for the Freedom Forum, which he joined in 1985 as staff writer.

He has worked in public information at the State University of New York College at Brockport and as an advertising copywriter for the Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Co. in Rochester, N.Y. For more than five years he was a copy editor and night news editor at the daily Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper.

Buchanan holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University and a master's in English from the State University of New York. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Juda.

Posts by Brian J. Buchanan:

Rushdie’s chilling reminder to protect free speech

The pen of a solitary novelist came under dire threat by the sword of radical Islam, as grippingly recounted in Salman Rushdie’s new memoir, Joseph Anton.

Science data wants to be shared, panelists agree

Barriers to public access to government scientific information examined, as well as improvements in official efforts to make the data available to everyone’s benefit.

Speech Commentary | | September 12, 2012

Rioters, not speech, to blame for violence in Egypt, Libya

For an arm of the U.S. government to condemn material that hurts ‘religious feelings’ is misguided when what should be condemned is making speech an excuse for violence.

Inheritable privacy protection for dead people: bad idea

New Hampshire governor’s veto of a bill pushed by J.D. Salinger’s heir preserves, for now, the right to produce likenesses of and works about the beloved writer of The Catcher in the Rye.

Ray Bradbury and the threat to reading

For the prophetic writer who died this week at age 91, the freedom to read was something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

Speech News | | April 27, 2012

Musicians make shift to survive piracy

At conference on copyright, panelists discuss how songwriters can find revenue in a world of high-tech sharing, streaming.

Story takedown at White House request is disturbing

Why would the American public not be allowed to know something that residents of Oaxaca, Mexico, knew, which was Malia Obama’s school visit there?

Info somewhat freer in parts of world, panelists report

But some countries are trying to clamp controls on the Internet, says Google’s Vinton Cerf.

Lofgren wins ALA’s James Madison Award

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., given American Library Association’s annual award for her ‘tireless efforts’ for public access to government information.

2 reports add to more complex picture of Muslim Americans

This week, about 40 Muslims rallied in support of NYPD’s surveillance efforts and survey was released that finds 74% growth in Muslim congregations since 2000.

Will contraception-rule change relieve religious conscience?

Accommodating religious belief should have been on the front end of White House interpretations of the health law, not an after-the-fact scramble in response to furious objections by Catholics.

1 for All | | December 16, 2011

Bill of Rights Day gets its overdue due

More than 17,000 Americans help put Bill of Rights Day back on the calendar on the 220th anniversary of our core freedoms. Judging begins Thanks!

How to teach about the First Amendment

‘Social Media, the Classroom and the First Amendment’ classroom guide released; panelists discuss opportunities, difficulties with using online resources in teaching.

First Amendment Center celebrates 20 years

‘I had no idea that we were on the cutting edge of an issue that was going to have so much meaning,’ Founder John Seigenthaler tells audience gathered to commemorate center’s anniversary.

9/11 attacks changed much, but not everything

Vanderbilt professors trade views on lingering effects on First Amendment freedoms and American society. Also:

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