First Amendment Today, May 4, 2018: Berkeley Blames Violence on Speakers, Iran Bans Telegram App, Zealots Target Brothels


UC Berkeley commission whitewashes campus intolerance for free speech, blames right-wing speakers for wanting “to incite a violent reaction”

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Iran bans encrypted Telegram app, offers replacement with “Death to America” emoji

Family in First Amendment fight with Florida city after painting their house to look like Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Image of the Vincent Van Gogh painting, "The Starry Night."
Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night (via Wikimedia Commons)

Anti-trafficking fanatics seek to criminalize Nevada’s legal prostitution industry

After forcing out chaplain over prayer for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan backpedals, reinstates Catholic priest

Color photo of U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan in a suit and tie, shot from the shoulders up
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Gas company sues protester for chaining himself to bulldozer at fracking site; his lawyer seeks dismissal on First Amendment grounds

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Publications worldwide honor UNESCO’s “World Press Freedom Day”

Black-and-white photo of two men working on a printing press at 'The Daily Mail' in wartime London, U.K., 1944
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See Also:
“First Amendment Today, May 3, 2018: Rudy on Stormy Payoff, ‘Nutty’ the Tree Sitter, …and Can a Breastfeeding Video Be Child Porn?”

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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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