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Amid turmoil and a unionization drive, the Los Angeles Times is sold to a billionaire physician who voices dedication to the mission of great journalism. US Environmental Protection Agency terminates longstanding grant to local newspaper that criticized Trump Administration climate policies. Twitter reports first profitable quarter since going public in 2014. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

The most pressing threats and notable goings-on in free expression today


Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Reaches Deal to Buy L.A. Times and San Diego Union-Tribune
The L.A. Times, San Diego Tribune, Spanish language Hoy Los Angeles, and community newspapers were sold to L.A.-based biotech billionaire Patrick Soon Shiong, who “[understands] the role that journalism needs to play in a free society”.

The EPA Killed This Newspaper’s Funding. Was It Something They Said?
The Bay Journal may be a casualty in the administration’s war on the media: the Journal recently lost its largest source of funding, in what its lawyers say was likely a violation of its First Amendment rights.
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Twitter Posts its First Profit
Twitter Inc., a platform responsible for the dissemination of fake news, reported its first profitable quarter as a publicly traded company, a long sought after goal for a company that has been looking to make viable business off its users.

Study Reveals Deep Shortcomings With How Schools Teach America’s History of Slavery
Southern Poverty Law Center’s recent report identifies problems when it comes to educating students on slavery. The study argues that textbooks and teachers have contributed to a sanitized understanding of history.

He’s a Nazi, Republicans Warn, but He’s Their Likely Nominee for Congress
Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier described as a Nazi by the Illinois Republican Party, is poised to win the Republican primary in the state’s Third Congressional District.


MPs Travel to U.S. on Fake News Mission
Members of the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee are in Washington to grill Facebook, Google and Twitter about fake news on their platforms. The hearing will question senior executives about Russian meddling in the British elections.

China’s #MeToo Movement Changes its Slogan to ‘Rice Bunny’ to Avoid Strict Censorship
The change circumvents China’s strict censorship laws, which have specifically targeted feminist movements in recent years.

Sudan—Update: 29 Individuals Join the List of Individuals Detained Incommunicado
The NISS have carried out a mass campaign targeting individuals with arbitrary arrest and prolonged detention for their participation in the protests that occurred across Sudan in January 2018.

Kenya Crackdown on Media, Opposition Attracts Heavy Criticism
A top Kenyan newspaper published a fake death notice of a prominent opposition financier on Wednesday, a bizarre error that rights groups interpreted as another sign of an anti-democratic slide.

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