Tully Center for Free Speech

October 25, 2016 - 12:02pm
A Washington Post reporter who served 18 months in an Iranian prison was given the distinct honor on Monday.

Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who was imprisoned in Iran for more than 18 months while on assignment, talked about his imprisonment, the mental changes he went through after being released and the duty of journalists on Monday at the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium. He was honored with the Tully Free Speech Award by the Tully Center for Free Speech that afternoon.

March 5, 2013 - 8:54am
The controversial publisher and First Amendment advocate speaks about free speech, and the 25th anniversary of his most influential Supreme Court case.

Pornographer and publisher Larry Flynt spoke about his experiences in media and the importance of free speech to the campus community Tuesday night.

It’s one thing to create a legacy of porn but quite another to go down in history…and law books. From being condemned, censured and practically killed, Flynt’s entire life is a grand testimony to the First Amendment and it was apt that the talk organized by SU’s Tully Center for Free Speech was titled, “Fight for First.”

June 1, 2011 - 7:45am
With turmoil in the Middle East and recent news of another Pakistani reporter killed, a journalist honored at SU shares his personal story of torture and the challenges of freedom of information.

As protests continue to rumble across parts of the Middle East and North Africa, freedom of the press has increasingly come under attack. In the spotlight have been high profile cases like the abduction of four New York Times' reporters in Libya.

March 9, 2011 - 12:05pm
Daniel Ellsberg discusses WikiLeaks and his decision to make top secret Vietnam War-era government documents public.

Conscience over career.

That was the choice that Daniel Ellsberg made in 1971 when he provided more than 7,000 pages of secret government documents to The New York Times, detailing the history of the United States’ involvement in Vietnam. 

February 16, 2010 - 10:14pm
Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho receives the 2010 Tully Center Free Speech Award for her exposure of child pornography and sex trafficking in Mexico, despite the obstacles.

Lydia Cacho lives by this simple, direct motto: Tell the truth, no matter what.

For the Mexican journalist, telling the truth has led to death threats, abduction, torture, jail time, and years of court battles over her rights as a citizen and reporter. Yet Cacho continues to share her own story and those of victims of child pornography, trafficking, and abuse.

Cacho received the Tully Center for Free Speech Award Tuesday evening for her perseverance in fighting obstacles to free speech.