As President Trump’s executive order on travel sows chaos and outrage at home and abroad, it traps in limbo artists, musicians, scholars and others seeking to make their creative expression part of international cultural exchange. Presidential advisor Kellyanne Conway, meanwhile, lashes out at media that “talked smack” about Donald Trump and says networks should fire commentators. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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Visa Ban Leaves Artists in Limbo, and Institutions Perplexed
After President Trump’s executive order sought to keep many foreigners from entering the United States, cultural figures and institutions were calculating how the new policies would harm their art and missions.

Conway: When will reporters who ‘talked smack’ be fired?
Kellyanne Conway in an interview Sunday slammed the media, asking when network reporters will be fired over their coverage of the Trump administration.

Iran-born journalist detained at airport under new immigration policy
A BBC journalist has said he was detained for two hours and subjected to invasive checks at the US border by officials imposing Trump’s controversial travel ban.

Industry Groups Beg Congress, FCC To Restore Internet Privacy Rules
Late last week, a diverse coalition moved to reverse the FCC’s last-minute effort to radically alter the flow of consumer information.

Response to man who trolled Trump went too far, free speech experts say
A writer who has addressed about 30 tweets to Trump—some of them including off-color jokes about assassination—was investigated by the Secret Service under circumstances that press freedom experts are calling “troubling”.


Police nab internet user in southern China for posting ‘hate speech’ about dead colleague
Police in southern China have tracked down an internet user who confessed to posting hate speech against an officer who was beaten to death while on duty.

Missing Pakistani activist Salman Haider returns home
Pakistani blogger Salman Haider has returned home, more than 20 days after disappearing in the capital Islamabad. He was one of five liberal activists to have disappeared in recent weeks.

Indian journalist gets slandered, threatened in response to reporting
A day after news portal The Wire published a series of articles on the sand mining cartel in Tamil Nadu, freelance journalist Sandhya Ravishankar found herself at the receiving end of character assassination and slander.

Anxiety runs high leading up to Spanish Town parade about whether 2017 parade will have racist, sexist jokes
After two years of uproar surrounding the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade, people say they are anxious about whether another joke will surface next month that worsens conflicts already brimming in Baton Rouge.

Pakistani Reporters in the Crosshairs
The Federally Administered Tribal Areas located on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border remain one of the most perilous places in the world to be a reporter, with journalists walking a razor’s edge of violence and censorship.

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