Tag Archives: free speech

Empty Words: The Supreme Court’s unequal view of speech

Tweet  #106909642 / gettyimages.com Today, another Supreme Court ruling with far-reaching implications for the rights of women in this country in the much-touted Hobby Lobby case will be decided. Last week’s ruling in McCullen v. Coakley striking down the 35 foot buffer zones in front of Massachusetts abortion clinics on First Amendment grounds, however, should [...]
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Russia’s Pussy Riot on trial today, face 7 years in jail for performing a punk song

TweetThe trial of members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot began today. In February, the band performed the song ”Mother of God, Cast Putin Out” in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral to protest the Russian Orthodox Church’s support for Putin. Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, were all arrested in March. They have [...]
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What is SOPA? Or, what’s up with the internet today?

TweetSOPA is the Stop Internet Piracy Act, also known as HR 3261. It was introduced late last year and it aims to fight online trafficking of copyrighted material. So, you know that episode of Downton Abbey that you watched on Sidereel last week? If you’re in America, SOPA would make it illegal for Google to [...]
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Jailed Iranian actress freed, spared lashings

TweetMarzieh Vafamehr, the Iranian actress who last year was jailed and sentenced to ninety lashes, has been freed. Vafamehr was arrested for her involvement in the film My Tehran For Sale, a film about an Iranian actress who is persecuted by the government for her work. In July, life imitated art when Vafamehr was jailed [...]
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