Free Speech & Press

Recap: Edward Snowden on Surveillance and Free Speech

In an event sponsored by the Knight First Amendment Institute, the former intelligence contractor talks about the White House whistleblower and more.

News and Research

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Two New Members Join the Pulitzer Prize Board

Carlos Lozada, an associate editor and book critic for The Washington Post, and David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, have been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board.

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Knight Institute Responds to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s Settlement in Twitter Blocking Case

Knight applauds Ocasio-Cortez for recognizing she was wrong to block critics from her Twitter account.

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Media Amnesia and the Facebook News Tab

In a recent Columbia Journalism Review piece, Emily Bell wonders, "Why is Facebook involved with the likes of News Corp—a relatively rich, global outfit—at all?

Columbia in the News

At Harvard and beyond, student journalists face increasing scrutiny from peers

Bill Grueskin, professor at Columbia Journalism School, notes that there is a growing distrust of student journalists on college campuses around the country.

The Boston Globe
November 13, 2019

The Online Cacophony of Hate Against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

Tow Center's Jonathan Albright, along with Lawrence Pintak and Brian J. Bowe, discuss their recent study that found a small band of Islamophobes have been targeting Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib on social media long before Donald Trump started tweeting about them.

The New York Times
November 5, 2019

Facebook Isn’t Just Allowing Lies, It’s Prioritizing Them

Columbia Law School's Tim Wu weighs in on how Facebook continues to allow political ads that help spread disinformation.

The New York Times
November 4, 2019


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Hear Their Stories

In this video campaign, Agnès Callamard speaks to Columbia News about the threats and violence journalists face worldwide and discusses the case of Jamal Khashoggi and freedom of speech with President Lee Bollinger.

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The Khashoggi Case: Silence Is Not an Option

Agnès Callamard, Hatice Cengiz and Lina al-Hathloul spoke at an event moderated by Columbia Journalism School Dean Steve Coll about how to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and other human rights violations.

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Lee C. Bollinger and Agnès Callamard in Discussion about Free Speech and Jamal Khashoggi

President Lee Bollinger and Agnès Callamard discuss how the US should do more to respond to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a video for The Washington Post.


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.