Freedom of speech

FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington. As President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, his views on affirmative action, along with voting rights and discrimination, are coming under scrutiny by civil rights organizations as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to begin confirmation hearings Tuesday.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
August 31, 2018 - 4:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett Kavanaugh emailed his White House colleagues in June 2003 with an alert: The U.S. Supreme Court was about to release opinions on the University of Michigan's use of race as a factor to admit students. It was an issue of great interest to his boss, President George W. Bush —...
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FILE - In this April 27, 2017, file photo, visitors use their smartphones in front of a booth for Google at the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing. More than a dozen human rights groups have sent a letter dated Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, to Google urging the company not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again begin offering the service in the giant Asian market. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
August 29, 2018 - 7:06 am
BEIJING (AP) — More than a dozen human rights groups have sent a letter to Google urging the company not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again provide the service in the giant market. The joint letter dated Tuesday calls on CEO Sundar Pichai to explain...
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Reuters journalist Wa Lone, center, speaks as he leaves a court Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. The Myanmar court delayed the verdict against two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, on the charge of possessing official documents illegally in a case that has drawn attention to the faltering state of press freedom in the troubled Southeast Asian nation. The verdict that was to be delivered Monday was postponed to Sept. 3. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
August 27, 2018 - 6:55 am
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A Myanmar judge on Monday postponed the verdict against two Reuters journalists accused of illegally possessing official documents in a case that has drawn attention to the faltering state of press freedom in the troubled Southeast Asian nation. The verdict in the case of...
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FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2018 file photo demonstrators hold a poster with a photo of Angela Merkel and the writing 'Traitor, war criminal, terror godparent - the Merkel regime must go" during Merkel's visit to the Saxonias state parliament in Dresden, eastern Germany. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)
August 23, 2018 - 10:09 am
BERLIN (AP) — A trade union representing German journalists called Thursday for authorities to examine the treatment of the media by police following two incidents in which officers prevented reporters from covering far-right demonstrations. The chief executive of the DJV union, Cornelia Hass,...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2004 file photo comedian David Cross and actress Jessica Walter, of the television comedy "arrested Development," arrive for the 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. The University of Utah says a tweet from comedian Cross showing him wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith was "deeply offensive." Still, President Ruth Watkins resisted online calls to cancel his upcoming performance on campus, saying in a statement Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, the photo intended to promote the show is protected by the First Amendment. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian,File)
August 20, 2018 - 2:22 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Utah says a tweet from comedian David Cross showing him wearing undergarments sacred to the Mormon faith was "deeply offensive" but the college won't consider calls for the cancellation of his performance on campus Wednesday. College president Ruth Watkins...
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FILE- In this May 23, 2017, file photo former CIA Director John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the House Intelligence Committee Russia Investigation Task Force. Brennan says he is considering taking legal action to try to prevent President Donald Trump from stripping other current and former officials’ security clearances. Brennan said Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he’s been contacted by a number of lawyers about the basis of a potential complaint. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
August 20, 2018 - 12:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday dared former CIA Director John Brennan to take legal action to try to prevent him from stripping security clearances from other current and former officials. "I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country's history, brings a lawsuit,"...
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President Donald Trump speaks in Utica, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at a joint fundraising committee reception in Utica, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
August 16, 2018 - 12:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Newspapers from Maine to Hawaii pushed back against President Donald Trump's attacks on "fake news" Thursday with a coordinated series of editorials speaking up for a free and vigorous press — and, not surprisingly, Trump didn't take it silently. The Boston Globe, which set the...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2017, file photo, Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, arrives at the courthouse in Austin, Texas. Twitter says it is suspending the account of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week after he violated the company’s rules against inciting violence. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
August 15, 2018 - 4:47 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter is joining other prominent tech companies in muzzling Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who's used their services to spread false information. Twitter had been resisting the move despite public pressure, including some from its own employees. But the holdout...
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Pro-independence activist Andy Chan, left, is surrounded by journalists as he leaves Foreign Correspondents Club after delivering his speech in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. Chan gave a speech to foreign journalists whose association defied the Chinese government's demand to cancel the event. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 14, 2018 - 5:55 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing's rule over the city as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand that the event be canceled. The Chinese government swiftly criticized the talk...
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August 10, 2018 - 10:11 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Who knew connecting the world could get so complicated? Perhaps some of technology's brightest minds should have seen that coming. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and other sites are finding themselves in a role they never wanted — as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms, deciding...
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