Free Speech & Press

The Postal Service, Presidents and Democracy

Donald Trump’s attacks on the United States postal service are not only unusual, they appear to be undemocratic.

News and Research

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A Time of Opportunity

Kyle Pope writes about how journalists can still get the 2020 election coverage right in the latest print issue of Columbia Journalism Review.


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Knight Institute Sues President for Continuing to Block Twitter Critics

The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his staff for continuing to block critics from the @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. 

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The Tow Center COVID-19 Newsletter

The Tow Center is publishing a weekly newsletter in Columbia Journalism Review that will provide data and analysis on the state of journalism during this pandemic.

Columbia in the News

How Trump's war on USPS threatens democracy itself

Columbia Journalism School's Richard John talks about the history of the USPS going all the way back to the Founding Fathers.

August 12, 2020

Trump's TikTok order sparks questions about future of online expression

Knight Institutes's Jameel Jaffer remarks on how Trump's attempts to shut down TikTok could have a chilling effect on free speech 

The Washington Post
August 11, 2020

Boycotted. Criticized. But Fox News Leads the Pack in Prime Time.

Nicole Hemmer, scholar at Columbia University, points out how despite controversies with some Fox hosts, viewers remain loyal to the network

The New York Times
August 9, 2020


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Should the Internet Be More Like Public Radio?

Ethan Zuckerman argues that we should reimagine the online media landscape to build public service digital media tools, drawing on lessons from the BBC and PBS.

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Repairing our Voting Infrastructure: Planning for the 2020 Election

Columbia World Projects hosted a panel discussion on voting rights, disenfranchisement and how we can prepare for the 2020 election.

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2020 duPont-Columbia Award Winner Clarissa Ward

Clarissa Ward speaks with Lisa Cohen from the duPont-Columbia Awards about her reporting on Jamal Khashoggi's murder. She also shares tips on covering traumatic events and reporting under adverse conditions, including the current COVID crisis.


From the President's Desk

Columbia President Lee Bollinger's First Amendment scholarship

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Free Speech on Campus Is Doing Just Fine, Thank You

June 12, 2019 essay in The Atlantic.

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World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2019 interview with Time.

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Punish Khashoggi’s Killers

March 31, 2019 op-ed column in The Washington Post.

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The Free Speech Century

Co-edited book offers context for today’s free speech debates.