Northeastern professor has been targeting New England’s enemies of free speech for 25 years

Protesters confront a row of police officers at the conclusion of a peaceful movement where they protested the death of George Floyd and other black lives lost to police racism across the US at Franklin Park in Boston, Massachusetts on June 2, 2020. – Anti-racism protests have put several US cities under curfew to suppress rioting, following the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images

The First Amendment is a crucial pillar of the United States Constitution, guaranteeing the right to freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition. It is the foundation of democracy and ensures that citizens can express their opinions and ideas without fear of censorship or punishment by the government.

Recently, there have been reports of potential First Amendment violations in New England, where individuals and groups have faced suppression of their right to free speech. These violations threaten the core values of our society and must be addressed promptly.

That’s according to Northeastern journalism professor Dan Kennedy, who has been tracking freedom of speech abuses around the region with his “New England Muzzle Awards” since the late 1990s. Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the annual Fourth of July roundup, which calls attention to 10 of the worst First Amendment attacks from the previous year.

It is important to remember that the First Amendment protects all speech, even if it is unpopular or controversial. The right to express dissenting opinions and engage in peaceful protests is essential to holding those in power accountable and effecting change in our society.

Any attempts to silence or intimidate individuals for exercising their First Amendment rights is not only unconstitutional, but it also stifles important conversations and progress. It is crucial that we uphold the principles of free speech and protect the rights of all individuals to express their beliefs and ideas, no matter how uncomfortable or unpopular they may be.

The First Amendment is a vital component of our democracy and must be safeguarded at all costs. It is up to each and every one of us to stand up for our right to free speech and ensure that it is protected for generations to come.

Read the entire article at more at Northeastern Global News written by Jackson Cote

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