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

A man raises a

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.

Editorial | Universities need public guidelines in addressing hate speech

Protesters march down Fifth Avenue in the shadow of the Cathedral of Learning at a protest on Saturday.

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.

Opinion | New York Times, fire Bret Stephens

New York Times Opinions columnist Bret Stephens.

By Leah Mensch, Opinions Editor

January 7, 2020

His behavior can’t be excused with an editor’s note anymore.

Editorial: Acknowledge fake ads, not just fake news

Facebook hasn’t made much of an effort to limit exposure to fake ads.

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.

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

A professor at George Washington University compared a New York Times journalist to bedbugs on Twitter.

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.

University Senate discusses free speech at annual plenary

The University Senate convened on Wednesday to hold its annual plenary session focused on “Free Speech in the Modern University.”

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.”

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

President Donald Trump before signing an executive order to require colleges and universities to

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.

Report evaluates colleges’ free speech rules

Ben Shapiro speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

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.

A productive, yet misrepresentative three-way debate

Ben Sheppard, a senior libertarian, debates at PSSA's three-way debate Tuesday evening. (Photo by Sarah Cutshall | Staff Photographer)

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 for the Pitt Political Science Student Association's three-way debate between Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians, I braced myself for a ba...

Pitt students’ protest represents model of free speech

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

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 from the Philadelphia area, appeared on the Fifth Avenue-side patio of Towers around 1 p.m. ...

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