Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

First Amendment Documentary Airs Tonight

Premiering on HBO tonight at 9 p.m., 8 central, "Shouting Fire: Stories From the Edge of Free Speech," a documentary from hyphenate Liz Garbus, daughter of First Amendment attorney Martin Garbus. According to the Blog of Legal Times,

It's a dynamic look at the history of free speech in the last century, including the McCarthy era, Vietnam protests, and post-9/11 paranoia. But that history is interspersed with in-depth portraits of three controversial speakers of recent years: Ward Churchill, who was drummed out of his job as a professor at University of Colorado-Boulder after suggesting that the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center was not a senseless act; Debbie Almontaser, forced to resign as principal of a New York City school after the New York Post twisted remarks she had made about the meaning of "intifada"; and California high school student Chase Harper, who was suspended for wearing a t-shirt with the message, "Homosexuality is shameful."

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