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OPINION: What free-speech advocates need to know about Assange

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after being arrested by British police and removed from the Ecuadorian embassy.

Jason Martin, Chair of DePaul University Journalism Program

April 22, 2019

The high-profile international news coverage of federal charges aimed at WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has brought attention to issues of press freedom in an age of digital information security concerns and increased use of government power to pursue whistleblowers and journalists. Digital tools mak...

Trump free speech executive order complicates DePaul’s history with controversial speakers


Bianca Cseke, Online Editor

April 8, 2019

DePaul officials do not yet know how the university will be affected by a recent executive order from President Donald Trump. Trump’s order requires colleges and universities to “promote free and open debate” on their campuses. Free speech at DePaul has long been controversial, with the university having a histor...

The death of discourse

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Daniel Schirmer, Contributing Writer

March 12, 2018

As the national debate surrounding free speech on college campuses continues, DePaul has once again found itself in a dubious position. In February, DePaul denied its chapter of the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) from bringing to campus Steven Crowder, a comedian and conservative political commentator w...

DePaul administration defends free speech after denying Steven Crowder

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Jonathan Ballew, Assistant News Editor

February 26, 2018

DePaul has found itself in the spotlight for receiving an award from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) — only this award isn’t the type most universities hope to win. FIRE awarded DePaul the inaugural “lifetime censorship award” for, what they say, is a pattern of atta...

Panelists discuss issues surrounding free speech and expression

Panelists discuss issues surrounding free speech and expression

Tariqah Shakir

October 30, 2016

Last week, four expert panelists came together at the Lewis Center on 25 E. Jackson to speak at DePaul’s Inclusive Speech and Expression Panel, which parsed how the two elements of speech come together on college campuses across America. Read More »...

Free speech panel debate First Amendment

Left to right: Black Student Union president Mario Morrow, University of Chicago professor Gerald Rosenberg and senior journalist in residence at DePaul Chris Bury discuss free speech on college campuses. (Danielle Harris/The DePaulia)

Danielle Harris

October 24, 2016

DePaul became a major talking point in the national debate over free speech on college campuses after a visit from conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos turned chaotic last May. Read More »...

Islamophobic ads highlight free speech controversy

People walk past an anti-Muslim advertisement placed on a Philadelphia public bus. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Kevin Gross

April 12, 2015

Look around the bus or train the next time you are riding the CTA; you will likely see a scantily clad advertisement for American Apparel, a picture telling you to “drink Bacardi,” or perhaps a promotional banner for our very own school. Read More »...

Je suis Charlie: The future of free press after Charlie Hebdo

Attendees hold

Kate Kownacki

January 18, 2015

Last week, few people knew of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Now, in the wake of a horrifying attack resulting in 12 fatalities, hysteria has been unleashed, leaving the future of free press up for public debate. Read More »...

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