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 A Syracuse University Newhouse Professor is questioning decisions by Facebook and Twitter to limit access to an article that contained unverified sources and information about Joe Biden’s son.  


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The Director of the Tully Free Speech Center at Syracuse University’s Newhouse school is remembering Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a person who held a firm grasp on hi-tech issues.  Roy Gutterman met Ginsburg on two occasions and observed her during oral arguments where she had an impact on media and media law.

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The director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University acknowledges it’s almost impossible to balance the right of citizens to express themselves and the need for law enforcement predict if a person will act on it.  About 20 minutes before the call came in for a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, an anti-immigrant manifesto warning of a “Hispanic Invasion of Texas” appeared online. 

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An investigative journalist and co-founder of a well-known online news site was recognized Wednesday at Syracuse University for bravery in reporting despite numerous threats. 


What can Central New Yorkers learn about issues involving the environment?  Or economic development projects?  Author and Utica College Professor Brett Orzechowski will answer those questions Wednesday when he speaks at Syracuse University about his book, “FOIL: The law and the Future of Public Information.”  For 40 years, state residents have been using the Freedom of information Law to access government information.  Orzechowski says people can use this open data to shine light on governmental issues.

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The Director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at the Newhouse School feels that the Syracuse Post-Standard is within its legal right to sue Onondaga Community College to access information.  The paper recently published an editorial explaining exactly why it wants the details of a confidentiality agreement reached between the college and a former OCC basketball coach to be disclosed.  Associate Professor Roy Gutterman says the newspaper reacted properly.

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A free speech expert at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School says it’s a sad state of affairs when so many people are targeted at a satirical Paris newspaper for freedom of expression.  Roy Gutterman is director of S-U’s Tully Center for Free Speech.

"Unfortunately, it looks like it's a trend.  Extremists dealing with content they disagree with.  Violence is no way to answer rhetoric or offensive jokes or anything like that.  But, that seems to be our world today."

 He says most attacks on the press are more isolated kidnappings or killings of one or two reporters, but very rarely a mass murder.  Gutterman says it could have a chilling effect on journalists and cartoonists across the globe.


  A Syracuse University Free Speech expert finds a couple examples of how constitutional rights might have been trampled during the protests in Ferguson, MissouriRoy Gutterman is Director of the Tully Center for Free Speech at S-U’s Newhouse School of Communications.  He calls police suppression of citizens scary, like a military crackdown.  Gutterman admi