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Free Speech/Hate Speech divide topic of October 22 forum


Oct. 16, 2019 (Moscow, Idaho) -- What happens when free speech becomes hate speech? That is the topic of the social justice forum 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22.
 
Sponsored by the Moscow Human Rights Commission, the forum will examine the narrow line which sometimes happens when free speech becomes hate speech. Leading the discussion is Katie Blevins, Ph.D., assistant professor of media law at the University of Idaho's School of Journalism and Mass Media.
 
"Free speech doesn't always means you can say anything you want because there are laws against hate speech," said Ken Faunce, Moscow Human Rights Commission chair. "But when does free speech cross the line and what - if anything - can be done about it? That is the primary question here."
 
A First Amendment expert, Blevins has been teaching media law at UI since 2016 and she has also taught classes on social media law at the UI College of Law. She earned her doctorate with a specialty in media law from Pennsylvania State University.
 
She specializes in access to information: through official channels of government transparency, as well as informal channels such as social media posts by government officials. She was recently published in the inaugural edition of The Journal of Civic Information. 
 
The forum will be held in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 206 E. Third Street.

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Story Contact: James Fry, Police Chief
Phone: 208-883-7064
Email: jfry@ci.moscow.id.us



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Phone - 208.883.7006
Email - griedner@ci.moscow.id.us
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