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Free Speech

Mark Wassberg used Tuesday night's public comment forum at the Richmond City Council meeting to label gay citizens "filth and dirt." (CBS)

Richmond Council Backing Off Plan To Ban Anti-Gay Speakers; Disruptions Continue

The Richmond City Council has asked its city attorney to explore whether it could enact free speech limits during council meetings, but city officials have been told that silencing the people who disrupt meetings is most likely unconstitutional.

07/16/2014

Former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich (Mozilla Foundation)

Mozilla CEO Resignation Over Gay Marriage Stance Raises Free-Speech Issues

The resignation of Mozilla’s CEO amid outrage that he supported an anti-gay marriage campaign is prompting concerns about how Silicon Valley’s strongly liberal culture might quash the very openness that is at the region’s foundation.

04/04/2014

Stanford Cardinal Logo

Stanford Student Groups Square Off On Free Speech, Debate Family Values

A controversial family values conference scheduled at Stanford University next month has sparked a free-speech debate on campus among student organizations.

03/24/2014

Actress Maria Conchita Alonso (left) in an ad with California gubernatorial candidate and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-San Bernardino County).

Tea Party-Linked Actress Ignites Free Speech Debate After Leaving SF ‘Vagina Monologues’

Singer/songwriter and actress Maria Conchita Alonso’s endorsement of Tea Party member and gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly and her subsequent departure from a Spanish-language production of “The Vagina Monologues” launched a national debate over freedom of expression Sunday.

01/20/2014

A view of Facebook's 'Like' button. (Brenden Smialowski/AFP/GettyImages)

Fed Court Says Clicking ‘Like’ On Facebook Is Free Speech

Clicking “Like” on Facebook is constitutionally protected free speech and can be considered the 21st century-equivalent of a campaign yard sign, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

09/18/2013

Electronic Arts (credit: Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Lawsuit vs. Gamer EA Sports, NCAA Clears Major Hurdle In SF Appeals Court

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Wednesday that video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. is not protected by the right of free speech…

07/31/2013

Halle Berry (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Halle Berry Testifies On California Paparazzi Bill

The actress testified for a bill that would limit the ability of paparazzi to photograph the children of celebrities and public figures…

06/25/2013

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Twitter’s New Censorship Plan Rouses Global Furor

Twitter, a tool of choice for dissidents and activists around the world, found itself the target of global outrage Friday after unveiling plans to allow country-specific censorship of tweets that might break local laws.

01/27/2012

Demonstrator Tom Comitta pretends to talk on a telephone during a protest inside the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Civic Center station on August 15, 2011 in San Francisco (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BART Adopts New Cell Phone Policy In Wake Of Shutdown Flap

Bay Area Rapid Transit’s Board of Directors adopted a new policy Thursday for when cellphone service may be interrupted—an issue that took center stage over the summer when the transit agency cut cell service at several San Francisco stations to stop a planned protest.

12/01/2011

Occupy Cal protesters at Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus, November, 16, 2011. (CBS)

Occupy Cal Campers Ignore Police Warnings To Leave

Occupy Cal protesters stayed overnight in tents at Sproul Plaza at the University of California at Berkeley campus again Tuesday night after repeated warnings by police to leave their encampment.

11/16/2011

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