In preparation for Community Conversation #3, here is a roundup of some recent Freedom of Speech issues being addressed in the news media:
Man sentenced to 44 months in prison for what he says were rap lyrics posted online, what his wife says were threats:
There are many cases of people getting fired after posting about their jobs, but here is one that involves a library aide (from 2013):
There is a big free speech issue brewing in Texas. Houston passed a law that allows trans individuals to choose which restroom they want to use. There is some resistance to the law and church organizations in particular have been vocal against it. Now:
“The pastors had hoped to trigger a legal mechanism to repeal the law, but the city struck this down. So the pastors filed a lawsuit. The city’s lawyers then sent subpoena orders to to see the sermons and speeches of five pastors in particular. The city wanted to see what they had been saying on the topics of homosexuality, gender identity and Mayor Parker herself, who is lesbian.”
Twitter was trying to remove photos of James Foley’s beheading.
What about photos of Eric Garner, man who was killed on the street in a choke hold by NYPD or videos of man shot by STL police? What type of death imagery is “acceptable” vs. grounds for removal and account suspension?
More on censorship and ISIS: http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/08/twitter-terror-and-free-speech
Do students have free speech in school?
Free speech and academics.
Steven Salaita at Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign had a job offer revoked after his tweets about Israel and Palestine.