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  • Vanished- China's Missing Muslims

    ABC News’ Bob Woodruff and his crew went searching for China’s infamous “re-education camps,” where more than a million Chinese Muslims are allegedly being held, and possibly tortured.
  • Women and Danger

    The four stories in this entry zoom in on women and families battling crime and punishment across the world. The stories are not only investigative reports but personal narratives that shed crucial light on the modern battles families face. For instance, in "Thanks for Ruining My Life," a Kentucky teen gets into legal trouble for tweeting the names of two boys who sexually assaulted her—defying a court order to stay silent about the crime. Reporter Abigail Pesta was the first to get an extended interview with the teen girl, Savannah Dietrich, about her legal crisis and the aftermath, a saga that raised questions about the courts and free speech in the age of social media. In "Laws Gone Wild," Michigan mother Francie Baldino starts a movement against sex-offender laws when the laws ensnare her teenage son for having underage sex with his high-school sweetheart, landing him in prison with predators and pedophiles for more than six years. Pesta was the first to report on this new movement of mothers and tell this family's personal story as well. The stories sparked a discussion across the media and blogosphere about crime and modern law, bringing in a slew of letters and comments.
  • The Henry Louis Gates Jr. Case: Racial Profiling or Stifling Free Speech

    When police arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr. for disorderly conduct in his own home, Gates claimed he was a victim of racial profiling. NECIR analyzed five years of arrest records from the Cambridge Police Department for disorderly conduct which did not seem to indicate a pattern of racial profiling. The results showed that more white people than black people had been arrested for disorderly conduct by the department.
  • "Under Attack, Credit Raters Turn to the First Amendment"

    Credit rating agencies claim they are protected by the First Amendment right of free speech and therefore cannot be held accountable for their mistakes. Huffington Post Investigative Fund reporters looked deeply into credit raters' claims and found a "potential crack" in their argument.
  • The New McCarthyism

    The Progressive probes the threat to free speech after Sept. 11. "The FBI and Secret Service are harassing artists and activists. Publishers are firing anti-war columnists and cartoonists. University presidents are scolding dissident faculty members. And right-wing citizen's groups are demanding conformity."
  • The Crackdown On Dissent

    "Over the past year, the US government has intensified its crackdown on political dissidents opposing corporate globalization," the Nation reports. The question is whether police are being trained to violate the free speech rights of protestors. Some of their tactics include trumping-up charges, make lists of activists, political profiling, setting unconstitutional bail amounts and brutal treatment, the Nation reports.
  • alt.scientology.war

    Wired Magazine reports that "When computers are seized because the contain allegedly stolen intellectual property, or the security of anonymous remailers is pierced by police, the days of the Internet as a cozy, private, intellectual cocktail party are over. Welcome to mortal combat between two alien cultures - a flame war with real bullets... It turns out that a belief in free speech and an interest in Scientology may involve you in the bitterest battle fought across the Internet to date.... A fight that has burst the banks of the Net and into the real world of police, lawyers, and armed search and seizure,,, the real issues here are the boundaries of free speech and the future of copyright and intellectual property in the face of a technology that can scatter copies across the world in seconds...."
  • One World: Is it the 'church of the holy T-shirt' or serious environmental organization?

    The Daily Times investigates One World Family Now. Tourists are told the money they spend on t-shirts from One World goes toward environmental causes, but Ocean City officials are convinced tourists are unwitting participants in an elaborate scam -- that One World is hiding behind the First Amendment to sell T-shirts and evade both regulation and rent. There is no way to check how much money it makes from t-shirt sales because, as an IRS-recognized church, it does not have to file tax returns. Included is a sidebar on One World founder John West, who was a Hare Krishna from 1969-1986.
  • The Controversy Over Infant Formula

    The New York Times Magazine reports that "the controversy and confusion (about infant formula) .... reached the scale of global conflict earlier this year when the World Health Organization voted 118 to 1 to adopt a nonbinding code restricting the promotion of infant-formula products.... At the center of the increasingly bitter conflict are babies, millions of babies with the shriveled limbs and the distended bellies that signal shiorkor, the Ghanian term for malnutrition that has become part of the medical literature.... (Critics ) charge that aggressive marketing of formula has contributed to a vast shift away from breast milk, the safest and most nutritious food for infants...."