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Iowa City Flag Burning Raises Some Hackles

The Daily Iowan

January 27, 2017

The Daily Iowan - A protest involving the burning of American flags that took place downtown on Thursday has received mixed views from community members.

Lyombe Eko, a professor of journalism and electronic media at Texas Tech University who teaches media law, said flag burning is legal and protected by the First Amendment.

"Flag burning is symbolic speech and expressive conduct," he said, noting that the First Amendment doesn't only cover oral and written speech but stretches to symbolic speech.

However, Eko said, the protesters could've been arrested if the flag belonged to the University of Iowa or to another person.

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