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Opinion | Charlie Hebdo should remind us the value of free speech

By Aidan Segal, Staff Columnist September 9, 2020
For Americans, the attack on Charlie Hebdo should serve as a reminder of the importance of the First Amendment in a time where it is being heavily scrutinized.
Protesters march down Fifth Avenue in the shadow of the Cathedral of Learning at a protest on Saturday.

Editorial | Universities need public guidelines in addressing hate speech

By The Pitt News Editorial Board June 16, 2020
Students are demanding universities take action and either expel the students — in the case of Temple and Penn State — or deny the student admission to the University — in the case of Pitt.
New York Times Opinions columnist Bret Stephens.

Opinion | New York Times, fire Bret Stephens

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor January 7, 2020
His behavior can’t be excused with an editor’s note anymore.
Facebook hasn’t made much of an effort to limit exposure to fake ads.

Editorial: Acknowledge fake ads, not just fake news

By The Pitt News Editorial Board October 27, 2019
It is Facebook’s responsibility to limit ads with false information, not just news with false information.
A professor at George Washington University compared a New York Times journalist to bedbugs on Twitter.

Editorial: Stephens’ idea of free speech is hypocritical, self-serving

By The Pitt News Editorial Board August 28, 2019
Stephens’ reaction to a joke made on Twitter at his expense makes him a hypocrite and suggests he’s willing to use his social status to silence critics.
The University Senate convened on Wednesday to hold its annual plenary session focused on “Free Speech in the Modern University.”

University Senate discusses free speech at annual plenary

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer March 27, 2019
In a week filled with protests and demonstrations in the wake of Michael Rosfeld’s acquittal, the University Senate convened to hold its annual plenary session focused on “Free Speech in the Modern University.”
President Donald Trump before signing an executive order to require colleges and universities to

Opinion | Trump’s executive order for free speech is ineffective

By Hayden Timmins, Staff Columnist March 27, 2019
The order states that the government can withhold federal funds if the school is deemed to have violated the First Amendment, but it offers no specific way of determining this.
Ben Shapiro speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Report evaluates colleges’ free speech rules

By Neena Hagen, Staff Writer January 10, 2019
Free speech rights are among the most debated topics on college campuses across the country. But the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, FIRE, put free speech issues into numbers in a report last month.
Ben Sheppard, a senior libertarian, debates at PSSA's three-way debate Tuesday evening. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

A productive, yet misrepresentative three-way debate

By Neena Hagen, For The Pitt News November 30, 2017

At colleges across the country — from California to the University of Connecticut — political events frequently turn violent. So when I got to room 324 of the Cathedral of Learning Tuesday evening...

Counter-protestesters sing the Star-Spangled Banner while one student plays along on the trumpet. (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

Pitt students’ protest represents model of free speech

By The Pitt News Editorial Board September 19, 2017

When protesters descended on campus yesterday afternoon to push a controversial message, they weren’t the only ones ready to exercise their freedom of speech. Members of Christian Interviews, an organization...

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