"The recent shooting at the 'Draw Mohammad' event in Texas, like the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris a few months earlier, raises important questions about where the limits of free speech should be drawn, or whether they should be drawn at all. Days after the attack, 3.7 million people marched in anti-terrorism rallies in Paris -- pencils were held up high symbolising freedom of speech. And yet, in the days following the march, 54 people were arrested in France for offensive speech."
"According to Freedom Houses Annual Freedom of the Press Report, 2016, the world has experienced a sustained ten-year decline in freedom. Significantly, the number of countries showing a decline in freedom for the year was the largest since the 10-year slide began. Just 43 countries made gains. And of all the indicators of freedom, freedom of expression has suffered the most significant declines."
"When the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper at Williams College recanted an editorial that had suggested that “some speech is too harmful to invite to campus,” she added this qualification: “Students should not face restrictions in terms of the speakers they bring to campus, provided of course that these speakers do not participate in forms of legally recognized hate speech.” The problem is that there is no such thing."
"The wife of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump made a rare campaign speech in Pennsylvania. At the speech's end, Melania Trump told the crowd what will be her cause should she win the privilege to be First Lady: cyberbullying."
"New students are entering colleges and universities at a time of fierce debate about whether institutions of higher education are becoming places that stifle speech in the interest of protecting students from ideas and perspectives they don’t want to hear. In the clash over freedom of expression and the supposed coddling of American college students, safe spaces and trigger warnings are held up as the poster children of overprotective universities."
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"The free-speech watchdog FIRE is a familiar irritant to college administrators, but until this past year, the rest of the country wasn’t paying much attention. An “epic” year is what Greg Lukianoff, president and chief executive of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, calls it. Colleges and universities were forced to publicly and painfully deal with a confluence of national issues — race, sexual assault, gay rights, politically correct speech — mirrored and magnified in the microcosm of campus life."