Law School Dean at UC Berkeley Faces Controversy Over Free Speech Clash at Home

BERKELEY, California – A controversy has erupted at the University of California at Berkeley involving Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the law school, and a Muslim law student named Malak Afaneh. The incident occurred during a dinner event hosted by Chemerinsky and his wife, law professor Catherine Fisk, in their backyard. Afaneh disrupted the event to make a pro-Palestinian speech, advocating for the university to withdraw investments supporting Israel. Chemerinsky and Fisk confronted Afaneh, leading to a heated exchange that was captured on video and spread widely on social media. Chemerinsky, a renowned constitutional law … Read more

Elon Musk Calls for Removal of Brazilian Supreme Court Judge Amidst Free Speech Concerns

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and owner of X (formerly known as Twitter), has called for the removal of Brazilian Supreme Court Judge Alexandre de Moraes. In a series of tweets on Sunday, Musk accused the judge of blocking accounts suspected of spreading disinformation and betraying the Brazilian constitution and its people. Musk went on to demand Moraes’ resignation or impeachment. This conflict between Musk and the judge stems from Moraes’ threat to “cut off access” to X, which Musk acquired in 2022. Musk’s criticism of Judge Moraes is not without … Read more

The Lingering Shadow of the Comstock Act: A Relic of Free Speech Suppression

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the ongoing debate over expanded access to the abortion pill, mifepristone, the applicability of the Comstock Act has emerged as a chilling concern for advocates of free speech. This 151-year-old law was originally intended to ban the mailing of materials deemed “obscene, lewd, [or] lascivious,” including contraception and pornography. However, the Act’s connection to the availability of mifepristone is hotly contested and unlikely to gain traction in the Supreme Court. Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, while outliers on this issue, have raised the Act’s relevance in the recent oral arguments. … Read more

Radio Free Asia Shuts Down Hong Kong Bureau Due to Concerns Over New National Security Law

HONG KONG – Radio Free Asia has made the decision to close its bureau in Hong Kong, citing concerns for the safety of its staff following the implementation of Article 23, a new national security law. The law, enacted by the Hong Kong government, has raised serious questions about the ability of Radio Free Asia to operate safely in the Chinese territory. “Actions by Hong Kong authorities, including referring to RFA as a ‘foreign force,’ raise serious questions about our ability to operate in safety with the enactment of Article 23,” said Bay Fang, the … Read more