free speech

Ireland Considers Criminalizing Hateful Material

In what appears to be a blatant attack on free speech, Ireland is considering passing the Criminal Justice (Incitement to Violence or Hatred and Hate Offences) Bill 2022 which would, among other things, criminalize the possession of material the government deems hateful. In addition to criminalizing the possession of odious material, the law would also “provide for an offence of condoning, denying or grossly trivialising genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against peace.” The Bill is also intended to fight “forms and expressions of racism and xenophobia.”

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Free Speech Returns To Twitter – Musk Reduced Employees With Access To Censorship Tools From Hundreds To 15

In addition to removing Twitter’s CEO, CFO, and the head of its legal department last week, Elon Musk has also reduced the number of employees with access to Twitter’s censorship tools from hundreds to 15 according to people familiar with the situation. The move comes a week ahead of the highly anticipated midterm elections on November 8th.

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Senator Cruz Gives In To Democrats On Journalism Competition And Preservation Act

In an unexpected turn of events Wednesday evening, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) circulated an updated amendment regarding the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) which was a modified version of the amendment he had previously distributed the week before to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The updated amendment contained revised language that removed things that Democrat Amy Klobuchar had previously stated she could not support. The change in language is likely to allow the bill to advance out of the Senate Judiciary Committee and be considered by the full Senate.

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