May 21, 2020 PROGRAMMING

Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press

The panel explored current controversies over freedom of speech and freedom of the press. From the First Amendment implications of protests against COVID-19 quarantine orders, to a lawsuit alleging that the Trump Administration has used enforcement powers to target news organizations, to efforts to suppress information about the extent of the pandemic crisis, to current Supreme Court cases with free speech ramifications, this roundtable tackled these issues and much more that are shaping free speech and free press today.



  • Stephen J. Wermiel, Professor, American University Washington College of Law; Co-Chair, Free Speech and Free Press Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice


Transcript: Hot Topics in Free Speech and Free Press

The Right of the People to Protest Lockdown
NY Times Opinion Piece | May 19, 2020

Florida, Georgia Scrutinized Over Coronavirus Case Data
U.S. News on the accuracy of COVID fatality numbers  | May 20, 2020

4 Ways to Fund — and Save — Local Journalism
NiemanReports on challenges facing local newspapers  | May 7, 2020

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