Posts by Ken Paulson:
Crusading journalist never retired from his passion for the First Amendment, the sense that every voice has value.
It’s encouraging that 2014 State of the First Amendment survey shows most people say high school students should have same freedom to exercise their first freedoms as adults do.
Parody twitter accounts deserve the full protection of the First Amendment.
In a landmark decision, a federal appellate court held for the first time that blogs enjoy the same First Amendment protection from libel suits as traditional news media.
It’s not just athletes and celebrities that damage their careers with indiscreet tweets.
In recognition of the power of free speech set to music, the First Amendment Center and the Americana Music Association join together each year to honor a prominent musician who has used his or her music to contribute to the markeplace of ideas. Awardees have come from a wide musical and political spectrum, including Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Daniels and Mavis Staples.
State of the First Amendment survey showing 47% of Americans saying free speech is most important right is reassuring affirmation of how crucial speaking your mind is in a democracy.
In the wake of revelations that the Justice Department had subpoenaed the phone records of Associated Press reporters, many members of Congress were quick to share their outrage.
This is the week the First Amendment was made for. Those of us who regularly work on freedom of expression issues are sometimes hard-pressed to convey the urgency of protecting these core freedoms. Concepts like freedom of speech, faith and assembly can seem abstract. Many view freedom of the press as just a news media issue. And few recognize the role of petition in shaping our nation.
It’s been almost 10 years since the Rutherford County, Tennessee, lost a very expensive lawsuit over the posting of the Ten Commandments in the county Courthouse. Now, Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has posted the Ten Commandments in his department’s lobby, along with a copy of the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence.
Singer-Songwriter Richie Havens died this week at age 72, leaving behind a legacy of rich performances and compositions.
Concern about videos of alleged animal abuse reaching a global audience has inspired a new wave of legislation across the USA. Bills pending in at least nine states would limit videos and photographs on farms or force video-takers to immediately turn them over to the authorities.
A student at Des Moines Area Community College is challenging the school’s limits on leafleting on First Amendment grounds.
Colorado District Court Judge Carlos Samour Jr. has postponed a decision on whether Fox News reporter Jana Winter will be required to reveal her anonymous sources.
Egypt has reportedly arrested a comedian for mocking President Mohamed Morsi, prompting criticism by the U.S. State Department.