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Frank LoMonte Comments on Protecting Free Speech and Student Publications

February 15, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Students Sharing Information on Teachers Strike

February 13, 2019

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With support from free-speech coalition, medical student appeals discipline for “disrespectful” political speech on Facebook

February 12, 2019

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Supreme Court asked to hear First Amendment challenge to law criminalizing “disruptive” speech to school employees

February 7, 2019

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Frank D. LoMonte


University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
2096 Weimer Hall
P.O. Box 118400
Gainesville, Fla. 32611

Using open data to "break your own news" as a government agency, even when that news is unflattering: A lesson from Oklahoma.

A year after a questionable police shooting took the life of a 17-year-old teenager, the teen's family -- and the public -- still can't see the investigative file or learn the officer's name, all in the name of "personnel privacy."

Can a public university erase what students write on their dorm-room doors if the messages are "hateful?" It's a fraught First Amendment issue that's arising on more and more campuses.

Editorial: Time to repeal New York's "police privacy" law that overrides the public's right to know about reports of officer misconduct. #FOIA

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