First Amendment Today, May 2, 2018: Journos Killed in Afghanistan, WWE in Saudi Arabia, U.S. Congressman Hit by Middle Schooler’s Flipped Bird


Ten journalists among dozens slain in deadly Afghanistan bombings

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Saudi government apologizes for pics of women wrestlers shown during WWE’s “Greatest Royal Rumble” in Jeddah; WWE’s female stars not allowed on card

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Something you probably won’t see in Saudi Arabia: WWE stars Charlotte Flair (left) and Sasha Banks throw down.(Miguel Discart via Flickr)

Who’s schooling who? When a middle-schooler gave Matt Gaetz the middle finger, the Florida Congressman called the bird-flip a First Amendment “teaching moment”

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defends deletion of “free press” portion of U.S. Attorney’s manual

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Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s review of the DOJ’s manual for federal prosecutors resulted in the deletion of a key section (Internet Education Foundation via Flickr)

The feds’ failed attempt to shut up and railroad Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy turned him into a hero of the far right, says High Country News

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Nevada rancher and anti-government activist Cliven Bundy. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

California über alles: Golden State college Republicans go ga-ga over Milo Yiannopoulos, elect MAGA slate at state convention

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 Canadian academic Jeffrey Adam Sachs claims campus free speech crisis “largely imaginary”

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Researchers at non-profit Heterodox Academy debunk Sachs’s arguments

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See Also:
“First Amendment Today, May 1, 2018: R. Kelly, Milo Y., Matt G. (and Apu!)”

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About Stephen Lemons

Stephen Lemons is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering everything from government corruption to white-supremacist gangs. In addition to Front Page Confidential, his work has appeared in Phoenix New Times, the Los Angeles Times,, and the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report magazine.

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