US Freedom of Expression and Media Law Round Up – 13 February 2011

13 02 2011

The gun attack on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others gave rise to an intense debate about the limits of free speech in the USA last month.  The UK Human Rights Blog drew attention to a New York Times columnist, writing in October 2010 that the USA was in ”denial” about “the level of rage still coursing, sometimes violently, through our national bloodstream” and asked what was to be done about violent “rage”, publicly expressed?  It made the point that political rhetoric in the United States is often more offensive and charged than in the UK, due in part to the more robust freedom of expression protections under the US Constitution.     Read the rest of this entry »