Trump uses the power of the presidency to target undocumented immigrants and cut off the flow of refugees from Muslim-majority countries, fulfilling campaign promises and alarming minority communities an‎d their allies. Six journalists are faced with felony charges after covering inauguration protests, while White House staff continue to use private email accounts. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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Felony Charges for Journalists Arrested at Inauguration Protests Raise Fears for Press Freedom
At least six journalists were charged with felony rioting after they were arrested while covering the violent protests that took place just blocks from President Trump’s inauguration parade, according to police reports and court documents.

The White House will publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants
The President said that the Secretary of Homeland Security will be publishing a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants, and of the cities that refused to turn them in for deportation.

Christo, Trump and the Art World’s Biggest Protest Yet
The artist Christo said this week that he had decided to walk away from his massive Colorado project — a silvery canopy suspended temporarily over 42 miles of the Arkansas River — because the terrain, federally owned, has a new landlord he refuses to have anything to do with: President Trump.

It’s possible to ‘vaccinate’ Americans against fake news, experiment shows
The scientific consensus on climate change gets diluted as the public sorts between real news and fake news, facts and alternative facts. Misinformation can spread like a virus.

Trump Has Lots of Options for Inflicting ‘Consequences’ on the Press
The Trump Administration has demonstrated a readiness to apply pressure to its designated opponents in less conventional ways. As a thought experiment, what could Trump do to impose more severe “consequences” on an individual news outlet, or to hold one “accountable”?


A Political Jolt at a Literary Festival, but Courtesy Wins Out
It was a startling sight this year to see the Jaipur Literature Festival feature a panel by two leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the far-right group that gave rise to India’s current prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Pakistan bans prominent journalist Amir Liaquat from TV
Pakistan electronic and print media watchdog, Pemra, on Thursday banned the country’s prominent TV anchor Amir Liaquat for “preaching hate”.

Religious censorship at Nigerian university stirs hornet’s nest
As Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University resumes its new academic session, tension may soar over the school authorities’ decision to single out the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), as the sole religious group to operate on campus.

Trump’s global abortion gag rule goes much further than any previous administration
“It is not only chilling effect on family planning,” Dr. Mengistu Asnake, the Ethiopia country representative for Pathfinder International, a global family planning organization, tells me via Skype from Addis Ababa. “It will create a chilling effect on every health program.”

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