Experts Say Free Speech Attacks are Rising Across the U.S.
Meanwhile, bans on books are growing increasingly common
In Idaho, an art exhibit was censored and teens were told they couldn't testify in some legislative hearings. In Washington state, a lawmaker proposed a hotline so the government could track offensively biased statements, as well as hate crimes. In Florida, bloggers are fighting a bill that would force them to register with the state if they write posts criticizing public officials.
Meanwhile, bans on books and drag performances are growing increasingly common nationwide.
"We are seeing tremendous attacks on First Amendment freedoms across the country right now, at all levels of government," said Joe Cohn, legislative and policy director with the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression. "Censorship is proliferating, and it's deeply troubling."
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