Shouting Fire: HBO Free Speech documentary


Freedom of Speech! The first amendment of the United States Constitution clearly states that Congress will make no law “abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press,” but the fact that the Bill of Rights protects free speech doesn’t mean that everyone likes it. Expressing controversial or unpopular opinions has sometimes caused people to be silenced by others, and in the wake of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, some Americans have found that speech isn’t always as free as they’d imagine. Shouting Fire, a riveting exploration of the current state of free speech in America is crucially relevant.



The Pirate Queen of Academic Publishing

Article on Sci-hub by Verge.

 The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world. It was the reason that, one day in June 2015, Alexandra Elbakyan, the student and programmer with a futurist streak and a love for neuroscience blogs, opened her email to a message from the world’s largest publisher: “YOU HAVE BEEN SUED.”

First Amendment protects journalist’s sources

Receiving information about the Laquan McDonald police-shooting and how the 1st Amendment protected the source. (The Intercept, Jamie Kalven).

From the outset, I made it clear that I had received no Garrity-protected documents and that I would refuse to answer any questions that might reveal the identity of the source. There was nothing heroic about this stance. It was not a choice. I was simply doing my job as a reporter.