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The First 100
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Free Speech Isn’t Free
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Democracy in the Unlikeliest of Places
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“A free press can be good or bad…”
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Taking Your Privacy to Market
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Andrew Hamilton Reminds Us, You Still Have the Right to Complain
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Bad Information
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First Amendment Will Not Defend President Trump
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Canada to Criminalize Islamophobia
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Turkey Pushes Referendum Vote Using German Right to Free Speech

The First 100

As President Trump is slowly beginning to figure out, being the President is not easy, especially in a country built on the Rule of Law, with all its checks and balances, and on Freedom of Speech, which means the criticisms will never end.

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Free Speech Isn’t Free

It seems Free Speech isn’t free when you’re Barack Obama. Reports have surfaced claiming the former President is due to cash in on a $400,000 check for a private speaking engagement at a conference run by Cantor Fitzgerald LP. To put the fee in perspective, Fox Business recently reported that the average speaker fee of Hillary Clinton is $200,000, making Obama’s at least double that mark.

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Democracy in the Unlikeliest of Places

Granted in Freedom of Speech and dictated by the Rule of Law, this referendum was, for the most part, legitimate. Whether voter fraud claims made by the opposition are true remains to be seen. But the process – casting a public vote for the country’s future – was a democratic process few can argue with.

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Canada to Criminalize Islamophobia

M-103, also known as the “Islamophobia blasphemy law,” is the first and only Canadian law that would treat Islamophobia as a punishable hate crime. Concerned Canadians take issue with the fact that Islamophobia is not clearly defined and, at this point, covers all insults or offenses against Muslims. Under the new motion, being critical of Islam in any way could lead to criminal charges.

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Turkey Pushes Referendum Vote Using German Right to Free Speech

The campaigning has put German officials in an odd situation. President Erdogan has drawn harsh criticism after the failed coup in July 2016 for jailing and threatening to jail his most outspoken opponents. A Free Speech denier, his government ironically is using the Free Speech guarantees of Germany to push their agenda. But Germany’s dedication to Free Speech guarantees the right to say whatever you want, wherever you want. Still, German officials are now wondering whether that right extends to those pushing an anti-Free Speech agenda.

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