Government Monitoring

When governments put citizens under surveillance for engaging in political speech or debate about important issues, they are less likely to exercise their First Amendment rights. Tracking movements, relationships, donations and support of causes invades people’s privacy and chills their participation in public life.

WSJ: Shutting Down Support for the Truckers

The mandatory disclosure of donors to nonprofits punishes unpopular causes and chills speech protected by the First Amendment. The effect is to entrench the media consensus and the heckler’s veto, which these days too often work in tandem.

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National Review: Doxing Day in Canada

Anonymous speech is as much a part of “democracy” as marching in the streets or writing a newspaper column. And in a healthy liberal media environment, reporters would be demanding answers from those abusing power, not working with them to inhibit political speech.

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