Liberal donor-backed ‘free speech’ group decries GOP push to obtain ‘censorship’ records

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

June 8, 2023

A “free speech” group bankrolled by top liberal foundations is taking aim at Republicans over their efforts to obtain records from taxpayer-funded universities on their “censorship” of conservatives and “disinformation” tracking plans.

Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) of the House Judiciary Committee and other top GOP lawmakers have escalated their investigations recently into universities through public records requests and letters purportedly to understand their roles in helping to throttle speech deemed as “disinformation.” Now, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, a self-styled free speech group that has taken cash from influential left-wing nonprofit groups, including the George Soros-led Open Society Foundations, is labeling the committee’s constitutionally guarded actions as a “troubling” level of “intimidation.”

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