WBEZ | free speech http://www.wbez.org/tags/free-speech Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview 1.8.13 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-01-08/worldview-1813-104768 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/640px-JohnBrennan2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-china-free-speech-activists-took-to-the.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-china-free-speech-activists-took-to-the" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: China, free speech activists took to the streets, Pres. Obama nominates former senator Chuck Hagel as..." on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2013-01-08/worldview-1813-104768 Supreme Court rejects plea to block taping of police http://www.wbez.org/news/supreme-court-rejects-plea-block-taping-police-104013 <p><p>WASHINGTON&nbsp; &mdash; The Supreme Court has rejected an Illinois prosecutor&#39;s plea to allow enforcement of a law aimed at stopping people from recording police officers on the job.</p><p>The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that found that the state&#39;s anti-eavesdropping law violates free speech rights when used against people who tape law enforcement officers. The law sets out a maximum prison term of 15 years.<br />The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in 2010 against Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez to block prosecution of ACLU staff for recording police officers performing their duties in public places, one of the group&#39;s long-standing monitoring missions.</p><p>Opponents of the law say the right to record police is vital to guard against abuses.</p></p> Mon, 26 Nov 2012 09:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/supreme-court-rejects-plea-block-taping-police-104013 Parade route pits NATO protesters against Chicago http://www.wbez.org/story/parade-route-pits-nato-protesters-against-chicago-97656 <p><p>The question of whether Chicago has enough police officers to protect the city during the NATO Summit in May is at the center of a legal battle between activists and the city over a protest march.</p><p>After long insisting there'd be enough police to keep order, city officials are now saying there won't be enough officers to watch protesters march along their requested route.</p><p>On Tuesday, activists will appeal a city ruling that denied their request to hold the march May 20. They were originally granted a permit to march a day earlier.</p><p>It's the latest chapter in a dispute between activists and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was granted extraordinary powers to maintain order during the two-day meeting of U.S. and European leaders. Protesters say he's blocking free speech.</p></p> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 14:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/parade-route-pits-nato-protesters-against-chicago-97656 Bank closes Arab-American leader’s accounts, won’t say why http://www.wbez.org/story/bank-closes-arab-american-leader%E2%80%99s-accounts-won%E2%80%99t-say-why-86355 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/Hatem2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An Arab-American leader whose Chicago home the FBI raided last fall now has a problem with his bank — make that his former bank.<br> <br> Hatem Abudayyeh, 40, executive director of a city-funded group called the Arab American Action Network, is among <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify">almost two dozen Midwest activists</a> who have refused orders since September to testify before a federal grand jury in Chicago.<br> <br> Abudayyeh’s subpoena came during a raid that month on the Jefferson Park condo he shares with his wife and their 5-year-old daughter. The search warrant named the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, a secular group the U.S. government calls a terrorist organization.<br> <br> Abudayyeh, a lifelong Chicagoan, got another jolt last Friday. TCF Bank, part of Minnesota-based TCF Financial Corp., had frozen his family’s checking and savings accounts.<br> <br> TCF spokesman Jason Korstange won’t say why. “There’s privacy issues,” he said Tuesday. “They will be getting their money back, and that’s about all I can tell you.”<br> <br> A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald declined to comment about the accounts. A spokesman of the FBI’s Chicago office said he didn’t know anything about them.<br> <br> But Abudayyeh attorney Michael Deutsch said the feds must have subpoenaed TCF for records on the accounts. “The bank is probably saying, ‘Oh, God, we don’t want this person as a customer,’ ” Deutsch said.<br> <br> Officials haven’t charged Abudayyeh or any of the other activists.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bank-closes-arab-american-leader%E2%80%99s-accounts-won%E2%80%99t-say-why-86355 Activists defy orders to testify http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Maureen_Murphy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some Palestine solidarity activists are defying orders to appear before a grand jury in Chicago.<br /><br />The FBI delivered subpoenas last month to at least nine Chicago-area residents. But their spokespersons say none showed up to testify Tuesday.<br /><br />The nine include Maureen Murphy, 28, an Andersonville resident who volunteers with the <a href="http://psgchicago.org/">Palestine Solidarity Group&ndash;Chicago</a> and edits <a href="http://electronicintifada.net/">Electronic Intifada</a>, an online journal about the Israeli occupation.<br /><br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s been no crime committed here,&rdquo; Murphy said Tuesday. &ldquo;This investigation is all about obtaining associational information that infringes on our First Amendment rights to organize.&rdquo;<br /><br />In September the FBI raided homes and an office of several organizers in Chicago and Minneapolis. They were among 14 activists in Illinois, Minnesota and Michigan who refused to appear before a grand jury in Chicago in October. <br /><br />Some of the September subpoenas suggest the government is investigating foreign groups it calls terrorist.<br /><br />Officials haven&rsquo;t charged any of the activists or confirmed that the September and December subpoenas are part of the same investigation. Randall Samborn, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, said officials could not comment on the proceedings. <br /><br />Attorneys for the Chicago-area activists say they&rsquo;ve written Fitzgerald&rsquo;s office, asserting Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.<br /><br />Prosecutors could offer immunity from charges and issue new subpoenas. The activists could eventually face jail time if found in contempt of court.</p></p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 22:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/andersonville/activists-defy-orders-testify