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Incidents at Yale and the University of Florida spotlight racial biases that fuel tensions on college campuses. Meanwhile, De Vos moves to loosen restrictions on federal aid to religious schools while student survey reveals extent of censorship at Christian colleges. Hearings for Gina Haspel, Trump nominee for leading the CIA, reignites national debate on whether torture can ever be justified to extract information on potential acts of terror. White House Correspondents Association condemns Trump’s threats to withdraw press credentials in retaliation for negative media coverage while White House Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders claims administration is committed to a free press. -Suzanne Nossel, Chief Executive Officer

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

U.S.

A Black Student at Yale Was Napping in a Common Area, and a White Student Called the Police
A black graduate student at Yale who fell asleep in her dorm’s common room said she had a disturbing awakening this week when a white student flipped on the lights, told her she had no right to sleep there, and called the campus police.
NEW YORK TIMES

DeVos Moves to Loosen Restrictions on Federal Aid to Religious Colleges
The measure is part of a sweeping deregulatory agenda for the Education Department which outlines several rules and regulations to scrap or amend, among them being rules that restrict faith-based entities from receiving federal funding.
NEW YORK TIMES

Gina Haspel, Nominee for C.I.A., Says Era of Torture Is Over
Gina Haspel, Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, defended torture of terrorism suspects serving as another reckoning of the extraordinary measures the government employed in the frantic hunt for the Sept. 11 conspirators.
NEW YORK TIMES

Students’ Survey Highlights Censorship of Christian College Newspapers
Christian college students have released a survey that suggests censorship of student publications is not uncommon at Christian schools, with student editors alleging faculty and administrators sometimes kill stories before publication.
RELIGION NEWS

White House ‘Committed to a Free Press,’ Says Sanders
Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the Trump administration is “committed to a free press” after Trump said in an early morning tweet suggesting reporters should lose their ability to cover the White House if they write stories he does not like.
HILL

 
Global

Israel Orders Deportation of International Rights Official
Israeli authorities revoked the work permit for Omar Shakir, the Human Rights Watch Israel and Palestine director, and ordered him to leave, saying it was because of Shakir’s alleged support for boycotts of Israel.
FINANCIAL TRIBUNE

Vietnam Jails Facebook User for Posts Seen as Anti-State Propaganda
Vietnam has jailed a Facebook user for over four years over posts that “distorted” the political situation in the Southeast Asian country. The posts “encouraged people to be terrorists and could have caused public panic and hurt the economy.”
REUTERS

Investigative Journalist Shot and Injured in Montenegro
Olivera Lakić, a journalist for the Montenegrin newspaper Vijesti, was wounded in the right leg outside her home. The assault, the second against a journalist in a month, prompted international concern.
GUARDIAN

Fighting for the Palme d’Or, and the Right to Fly to Cannes
Russia’s Kirill S. Serebrennikov has been accused of embezzling $2.3 million in Russian government funds and is under house arrest, and Iran’s Jafar Panahi is banned from making films or leaving his country.
NEW YORK TIMES

Chinese Broadcaster Censors LGBT Symbols at Eurovision
Mango TV, which broadcast the semi-final of Eurovision, and is one of China’s most popular TV channels, has come under fire by some on social media for apparently blurring rainbow flags and censoring tattoos.
BBC

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