Free Speech & Press

Silence Is Not an Option

Courts play an important role in protecting freedom of expression and in investigating the murder of journalists like Jamal Khashoggi. 


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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.

News and Research

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Introducing Free Speech Futures

The Knight Institute's essay series asks leading scholars to think beyond existing First Amendment doctrine to imagine what freedom of speech could be in our current moment and our future.

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Columbia Journalism School Announces 2019 John Chancellor Award Winner

ProPublica's Ginger Thompson is the recipient of the 2019 John Chancellor Award.

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A New Commitment to Covering the Climate Story

Columbia Journalism Review announces new initiative to inform and convene a conversation about media coverage of climate change.


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.

Columbia in the News

Donald Trump vs. Boris Johnson: America Could Get Off Easy Compared With Britain

Todd Gitlin, professor at Columbia Journalism School, ponders whether Boris Johnson might be more detrimental to the UK than Donald Trump is to the US.

USA Today
September 19, 2019

Guardian Joins Major Global News Collaboration Covering Climate Now

Ahead of the UN climate summit, more than 250 newsrooms are boosting their climate coverage in a major initiative launched by Columbia Journalism Review and the Nation.

The Guardian
September 15, 2019

How Deal-Making Won Out

Nicholas Lemann, Columbia Journalism School professor, discusses his new book, Transaction Man, and traces the roots of our current transactional culture back to its mid-century roots.

The Brian Lehrer Show
September 12, 2019