Free Speech & Press

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The Brown Institute's Winners of COVID-19 Micro-grants

The Brown Institute received over 325 proposals within about a week of soliciting grants for its COVID-19 related Magic Grants. Here are the winners.

Columbia in the News

Trump cannot block critics on Twitter, federal court affirms

The Knight First Amendment Institute's case, Knight v. Trump, still holds as a federal appeals court in New York let stand the ruling that prevents President Trump from blocking critical voices from the Twitter account he uses to communicate with the public.

The Washington Post
March 23, 2020

Advice From a Crisis Expert on Surviving a Lockdown

Judith Matloff who teaches crisis journalism at Columbia Journalism School provides some tips on how to survive natural disasters like our current pandemic

The New York Times
March 19, 2020

How should politicians use social media?

Katie Fallow, a senior staff attorney at the Knight First Amendment Institute, writes about how politicians' social media posts are connected to First Amendment rights.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 2020

News and Research

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The Investigator

Columbia Journalism Review sits down for an interview with The Independent's Carole Cadwalldr, the investigative reporter who exposed the ties between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook.

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Sleepwalking into 2020

Columbia Journalism Review and The Guardian interviewed key media figures and they revealed widespread concerns around election coverage, from opinion polls and the horserace to reporting the heartlands and Trump's untruths.

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Hundreds of Local News Outlets are Distributing Algorithmic Stories and Conservative Talking Points

A new investigation from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Columbia Journalism Review uncovers hundreds of partisan outlets masquerading as local news organizations.


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Big Tech and the Rise of Content Cartels

Evelyn Douek, S.J.D. candidate at Harvard Law and recent panelist at the Knight First Amendment Insitute's Tech Giants symposium, explains how big tech companies, like Facebook and Google, are hoarding information.

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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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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.