First Amendment

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project and Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, is quoted in “Free Speech, Hate and Penn State: What First Amendment Experts Say About Milo Yiannopoulos Controversy” published in Center Daily…

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Posted: November 1, 2021

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project and Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, is quoted in “Free Speech vs. Violent Threats: Partisan Feud Pits School Board Members’ Safety Against Parents’ First Amendment Rights” published on…

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Posted: October 28, 2021

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director and co-chair of the American Bar Association Free Speech and Free Press committee, will serve as panel moderator for “How Free is the Free Press,” a virtual webinar on Constitution Day, Sept. 17…

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Posted: August 30, 2021

A research paper co-authored by Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is referenced in “Does Criminalizing ‘Disruption’ in Schools Violate Free Speech” published in The Crime Report on Aug. 24. The article focuses on the questionable constitutionality of laws…

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Posted: August 26, 2021

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is quoted in “Taking Critical Race Theory Bans to Court” published in Real Clear Politics on Aug. 11. The article examines the lawsuits stemming from banning the teaching of critical race theory (CRT)…

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Posted: August 17, 2021

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is the author of “Trump Can’t Beat Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in Court – But the Fight Might Be Worth More Than a Win” published in The Conversation on July 8. In the…

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Posted: July 9, 2021

This article by Brechner Center Director Frank LoMonte originally appeared in The Conversation on July 9, 2021. Photo credit: “Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 From condo salesman to reality TV host to leader of the free world, Donald Trump has occupied several lifetimes’ worth of identities over a remarkable…

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Posted: July 9, 2021

America has a rich history of peaceful protests and demonstrations on public property to exercise their First Amendment right of freedom of speech, regardless of how vitriolic or partisan that rhetoric may be. But University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Professor Frank LoMonte, director of the Brechner…

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Posted: February 2, 2021

Clay Calvert, Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and Director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, was interviewed on Oct. 21, 2020 about First Amendment issues. Below the video is an edited transcript of that interview. There is some confusion about protections on hate speech. What is protected speech…

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Posted: November 4, 2020

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, was a panelist for the hour-long UF Faculty Senate First Amendment Webinar on Oct. 30. The “Conversation About the First Amendment” event, introduced by UF Faculty Senate Chair Sylvain…

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Posted: November 3, 2020

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is quoted in “College Athletes, Long Muffled By Schools, Are Finding New Ways to Speak Out” published in The Washington Post on Oct. 12. The article focuses on college athletes who have been…

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Posted: October 12, 2020

This column by Brechner Center Director Frank LoMonte originally appeared on poynter.org on Sept. 23, 2020. There has never been a time when America more urgently needed to hear the voices of college athletes. Fall sports tentatively resumed across America’s college campuses under the shadow of a deadly pandemic that…

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Posted: September 27, 2020