First Amendment

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

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, is quoted in “College Rescinding Admissions Offers as Racial Social Media Posts Emerge” published in The New York Times on July 2. The article focuses on schools and universities…

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Posted: July 4, 2020

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications‘ Brechner Center for Freedom of Information Director Frank LoMonte commented on a federal appeals court decision affirming a student publication’s free press rights, in “Even ‘Offensive’ Publications Have Free Press Rights,” published on July 25 in Inside Higher Ed. The U.S. Court…

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Posted: July 26, 2019

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, was quoted in “Trump Praises First Amendment a Day After Attacking ‘Phony’ Press” published in The Washington Post on March 21. The article features President Trump’s executive order supporting…

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Posted: March 22, 2019

By Clay Calvert Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize last year and Eminem set a record in 2019 for streams on Spotify. But the acceptance and embrace of rap music in mainstream culture isn’t shared by everyone – and that sometimes includes the police. Controversy between the police and rappers has gone on at least…

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Posted: February 15, 2019

The presidential election of 2016 brought with it multiple accusations of so-called fake news, along with actual examples of fictional stories, such as one that spawned a real-life shooting at a Washington, D.C. pizzeria. With a flood of information from countless sources, it’s increasingly challenging to combat fake news and…

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Posted: April 27, 2018