free speech

Faith/Religion
9:08 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Student and atheist groups call for freedom of expression in Bangladesh

Aaron Underwood, vice president of the MU student atheist organization speaks to a crowd at the Defend Dissent protest on Thursday April 25, 2013.
Credit Bridgit Bowden / KBIA

A group gathered in MU’s speaker’s circle Thursday to speak out against the Bangladeshi government and advocate for freedom of expression. 

Nearly 15 atheists participated in the Defend Dissent protest.  The demonstration was inspired by the arrest of several bloggers in Bangladesh who spoke out against the government and against Islam.  Columbia is one of several cities across the globe participating in Defend Dissent.   

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Global Journalist
6:43 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

A conversation with Ken Paulson

Ken Paulson, president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center, was among last year’s Missouri Honor Medal winners. The Missouri School of Journalism gives the annual awards for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

Paulson was the editor or managing editor at newspapers in five states, launched online newspapers and was part of the team that founded USA Today in 1982.

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