National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Censorship, Colorado, Energy and Environment, Free Speech, Local Government, Local News, Regulations, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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‘Listening sessions’ seeking public comment on the plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road are costing taxpayers money and stifling speech.

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Chinese institute spreads across U.S., but some say it also spreads propaganda

By   /  October 13, 2014  /  Colorado, Education, Free Speech, National, National Security, Oklahoma, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

Shenzhen drivers suffer from traffic jam ahead of National Day holiday

 
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
During the past decade, the Confucius Institute has established itself at nearly 500 universities and K-12 schools in the United States and another roughly 500 around the world.
But some professors are urging schools to break with the Chinese language and cultural nonprofit, charging it is a “propaganda” arm of the Chinese government.
This [...]

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Despite tensions over tables, Penn State speech policy checks out, professor says

By   /  October 7, 2014  /  Free Speech, National, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
When Penn State University officials clamped down on a Young Americans for Freedom event about free-speech policies because of a table — on Constitution Day, no less — it looked like a battle over the First Amendment could be brewing.
Upon further review, Penn State’s policy isn’t unreasonable, even if it is a [...]

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Candidate boycotts League of Women Voters forum over camera ban

By   /  October 3, 2014  /  Elections, First Amendment, Free Speech, Good Government, Minnesota, News, Politics  /  No Comments

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A citizen watchdog running for city council on the issue of increased transparency in local government plans to boycott an Oct. 14 League of Women Voters candidate forum due to the group’s ban on video or audio recording by anyone outside of the media.

Andrew Henderson decided to campaign for a seat on the Little Canada City Council, driven by his acquittal on disorderly conduct charges stemming from filming Ramsey County deputies responding to a medical call in October 2012.

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Camera ban, Take 2: League of Women Voters calls on the cops

By   /  October 2, 2014  /  Censorship, First Amendment, Free Speech, Good Government, Local Government, Minnesota, News, State Elections  /  No Comments

Photo by Tim Jones.

The League of Women Voters called police Tuesday to stop video trackers from filming a candidates’ forum at Minnetonka City Hall.

Just minutes into the program, attention for the second time this week turned from candidates to a controversial recording ban, which, critics contend, conflicts with the democratic values espoused by the good government group.

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Focus of forum turns from candidates to video tracker

By   /  September 24, 2014  /  Censorship, First Amendment, Free Speech, Minnesota, News, Politics, State Politics  /  No Comments

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No reward has been offered to the person who identifies the guy who, apparently, took it upon himself to enforce a League of Women Voters ban on videotaping candidate forums at Edina City Hall.

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