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Idaho is one of the last states without an anti-SLAPP law. It’s time to change that

December 5, 2023  •  By David Keating   •  ,

Unfortunately, as the Institute for Free Speech’s new 2023 Anti-SLAPP Report Card highlights, Idaho is one of a dwindling number of states without vital ...

Josh Hawley misses the mark on Citizens United

November 20, 2023  •  By Brad Smith   •  ,

The illiberal Left reacted to the decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission with hysteria.

Seventeen states still criminalize criticism of public officials

October 13, 2023  •  By David Keating   •  , , ,

New Hampshire’s criminal libel law makes intentionally and falsely disparaging another person a misdemeanor if the communication “will tend to expose any other living person ...

LTE: Protect speech

September 28, 2023  •  By David Keating   •  ,

The rich shouldn’t be able to weaponize frivolous litigation to stifle speech — and Pennsylvania lawmakers have an opportunity to ensure they can’t.

NJ flips to strongly protecting free speech from lawsuits

September 28, 2023  •  By David Keating   •  ,

Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed a new law — passed unanimously by both houses of the legislature — that strengthens the free speech rights ...

Newspaper Raid Highlights Crucial Importance of Free Speech

September 15, 2023  •  By Tom Garrett   •  ,

A small Kansas town recently became an unlikely — but pivotal — free speech battleground.

Straw donor scams steal tax dollars: Public matching fund programs are ripe for rip offs

September 5, 2023  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Passed during a devastating pandemic and plummeting tax revenue, New York’s new budget law gives tens of millions of tax dollars to political campaigns.

Government Takes Cues from Leftist SPLC To Bully Opponents Like Moms For Liberty

July 13, 2023  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Anyone who cares about free speech should ignore characterizations that make routine political disagreements seem ‘dangerous’ and worthy of government attention.

Commentary: When restricting free speech backfires

June 26, 2023  •  By Tom Garrett   •  ,

It took over two years, but YouTube has finally learned a crucial lesson about the dangers of restricting political speech.

Florida Elections Commission learns expensive free speech lesson

June 21, 2023  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

If you can dish it out, you’ve got to be able to take it. That’s a lesson the Florida Elections Commission (FEC) is learning ...

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Journalist Laura Belin Scores Fast Victory in Longstanding Dispute over Denial of Press Credentials

January 24, 2024  •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

After years of refusing to grant Belin credentials despite her extensive career, the Iowa House Chief Clerk relented within days after the filing of ...

Journalist Laura Belin Sues Iowa House Clerk over Denial of Press Credentials

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January 19, 2024  •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The Iowa House Chief Clerk has repeatedly denied credentials even though Belin qualifies under the credential criteria.

Institute for Free Speech Urges Sixth Circuit to Reverse Sittenfeld Bribery Conviction

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December 19, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The Institute for Free Speech has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in the case United ...

Institute for Free Speech Files Amicus Brief to Protect Speakers from Retaliatory Arrests

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December 19, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute’s brief in Gonzalez v. Trevino aims to protect the right of plaintiffs to sue when government officials retaliate against constitutionally protected

Moms for Liberty Sues to Stop Government Censorship

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December 5, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

Yolo County (CA) Public Library officials shut down a Moms for Liberty forum on women in sports after speakers expressed views that conflicted with ...

Judge Recommends Injunction against State-Imposed Wokeism

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November 14, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The court says the rules and practices that limit the free speech of California academics are unconstitutional

Report: Most Americans Now Have Good Free Speech Protection against Frivolous Lawsuits

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November 2, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The new Institute for Free Speech report analyzes each state’s laws, showing a positive trend but cautioning that many states still fail to adequately ...

Tenth Circuit Affirms Victory for Wyoming Gun Owners against Unconstitutionally Vague Donor Disclosure Law

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October 11, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  , ,

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that Wyoming’s electioneering-communications disclosure regime is unconstitutional. The ruling is a victory for free ...

Institute for Free Speech Urges D.C. Circuit to Protect Political Speech from Private Enforcement

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September 28, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The Institute for Free Speech today filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Campaign Legal ...

Institute for Free Speech Hails New Jersey Becoming 33rd State with an Anti-SLAPP Law

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September 8, 2023  •  By IFS Staff   •  ,

The new law will protect against frivolous lawsuits targeting speech

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Daily Media Links 7/29

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July 29, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Senior Attorney – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC or Virtual Office The Institute for Free Speech is hiring a Senior Attorney with ...

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July 28, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Washington Times: Lawsuit accuses Georgia school board of censoring moms at meetings By Sean Salai Two mothers have sued a Georgia school board ...

Daily Media Links 7/27

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July 27, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

New from the Institute for Free Speech Forsyth County Schools Sued for Censorship at Board Meetings Concerned parents in Forsyth County want school officials ...

Daily Media Links 7/26

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July 26, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

Congress People United for Privacy: PUFP Letter in Response to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration’s July 19 hearing on “The DISCLOSE Act” ...

Daily Media Links 7/25

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July 25, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

The Courts Washington Free Beacon: Court Overrules School District That Banned Father Who Exposed Obscene Library Books By Elizabeth Troutman A federal judge on Wednesday ...

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July 22, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Epoch Times: Every Senate Dem but Sinema Backs Bill to Compromise First Amendment Freedom of Speech By Mark Tapscott First introduced in ...

Daily Media Links 7/21

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July 21, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury settles free speech lawsuit. What it could mean to other districts By Peg Quann The impact of ...

Daily Media Links 7/20

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July 20, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Insider: Ted Cruz: Democrats used to support free speech, but ‘unfortunately, that time has long since passed’ By Hanna Kang David Keating, ...

Daily Media Links 7/19

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July 19, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

We’re Hiring! Senior Attorney – Institute for Free Speech – Washington, DC or Virtual Office The Institute for Free Speech is hiring a Senior Attorney with ...

Daily Media Links 7/18

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July 18, 2022  •  By Tiffany Donnelly   •  ,

In the News Philadelphia Inquirer: The Pennsbury School District will pay $300,000 to settle lawsuit over four men’s curtailed public comments By Maddie Hanna The ...