May 8, 2003 |
Zimbabwe's highest court struck down sections of tough media legislation that had made it an offense to publish "falsehoods." Government lawyers acknowledged that the provisions violated the constitutional protection of freedom of expression and planned an amendment to bar "falsehoods" spread out of malice or recklessness. The law took effect shortly after President Robert Mugabe was reelected in 2002 amid allegations of fraud.
June 7, 1991 |
Canada's Supreme Court overruled a law that banned the country's 250,000 federal government employees from engaging in political activities. The public servants had been barred by law from taking part in political activities such as handing out pamphlets, donating money to parties or speaking at political meetings. But the country's highest court said the section banning the activities under the Public Service Employment Act was an infringement of the right of freedom of expression.
June 8, 1995 |
A constitutional amendment restoring to the states and Congress the authority to ban desecration of the American flag was sent to the full House on Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee approved the amendment on a party-line vote of 18 to 12. It would override a 1989 Supreme Court ruling that threw out state laws prohibiting flag burning and other acts of desecration, saying they violated First Amendment guarantees of freedom of expression.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1990 |
Four performance artists denied National Endowment for the Arts fellowships on what they say are political grounds filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles federal court seeking an order overruling the grant rejections. Lawyers for the four said they would also file a petition for a temporary restraining order today that would bar the arts endowment from spending the $23,000 earmarked for the fellowships until the dispute is resolved.
April 9, 1993 |
A Canadian language lobby group said Thursday that a U.N. human rights committee has found that language laws to protect French in Quebec province infringe on the right to freedom of expression. The province of Quebec has a large number of English-speakers among the French-speaking majority. Law 178, adopted by Quebec in December, 1988, bans the use of languages other than French on most signs.
June 23, 1990 |
A Los Angeles arts lobbying group has organized a city-wide series of performances, exhibitions and lectures as part of a nationwide effort to promote unrestricted federal arts funding and to educate the public about current issues involving the National Endowment for the Arts. The events, organized by the Los Angeles Coalition for Freedom of Expression and dubbed the "L.A.
September 25, 1990 |
About 150 people demonstrated for freedom of expression Monday outside a courthouse where an art gallery and its director went on trial for showing Robert Mapplethorpe's sexually graphic photographs. About 50 police officers patrolled on foot, horseback and motorcycles outside the Hamilton County Municipal Court, where a jury was being selected for the misdemeanor obscenity trial of the Contemporary Arts Center and its director, Dennis Barrie.
November 16, 1990 |
Though his troupe has been a target in recent controversies over freedom of expression, a top official at South Coast Repertory has declined an invitation to discuss the topic as a member of a key panel at an important meeting of the state's arts community this weekend.