First Amendment law great Floyd Abrams lists his worries: potential use of Espionage Act against national security reporters and forcing journalists to testify in leak investigations. Scientists and others who appreciate facts take to the streets. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint, Michigan, pediatrician who was PEN America’s 2016 Freedom of Expression Courage Award winner, tells a Washington crowd this is a movement to ensure governments do not dismiss scientific research. And a new global survey shows increasing concern about online privacy among Internet users.   -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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Floyd Abrams Sees Trump’s Anti-Media Tweets as Double-Edged Swords
Mr. Trump’s anti-media Twitter posts still serve as a reminder of his veiled threats to punish news organizations whose coverage he does not like. But his Twitter trail could also be a gift to lawyers that argue current investigations, like the one against Wikileaks, are about punishing journalists.

Scientists, Feeling Under Siege, March Against Trump Policies
Thousands of scientists and their supporters, feeling increasingly threatened by the policies of President Trump, gathered Saturday in Washington for what they called the March for Science, abandoning a tradition of keeping the sciences out of politics.

The pediatrician who exposed lead in Flint, Michigan, water will march for science
“How could you not march for science?” Those were the words of Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Michigan pediatrician who sounded the alarm on lead in Flint’s drinking water, who on Saturday marched on the Capitol.

New Orleans Starts Tearing Down Confederate Monuments, Sparking Protest
New Orleans officials removed the first of four prominent Confederate monuments early Monday, the latest Southern institution to sever itself from symbols viewed by many as a representation racism and white supremacy.

A WikiLeaks prosecution would endanger the future of US journalism
Whether you like or dislike WikiLeaks – especially if you dislike them – it’s important to understand just how dangerous this potential prosecution is to the future of journalism in the United States.


UNCTAD global survey reveals declining trust in online shopping
A new global survey reveals that Internet users are increasingly concerned about their online privacy, with top sources of concern being cybercriminals (82%), Internet companies (74%) and governments (65%).

Outspoken Maldives Blogger Who Challenged Radical Islamists Is Killed
A liberal blogger who wrote satirical critiques of the Maldivian government and the spread of radical Islam died Sunday after being stabbed in the stairway of his apartment building.

Turkey Releases Hunger-Striking Italian Journalist Gabriele Del Grande
Turkish authorities have released an Italian journalist who went on a hunger strike on April 18 to protest his detention. Gabriele Del Grande—who was in Turkey researching a book about the war in Syria and the birth of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS)—arrived in Bologna, Italy, on April 24.

Nigerian Journalist Detained Over WhatsApp Comment Granted Bail
Journalist Midat Joseph, who was arrested by the Kaduna State command of the Nigeria Police over alleged incriminating contributions on a WhatsApp group chat, has been granted bail by a magistrate court.

This Pro-Trump Website Run From Eastern Europe May Be The Worst Thing On The Internet
The Facebook page American President Donald J. Trump has close to 400,000 fans and says its mission is “to keep fellow Trump Supporters informed of any and all news regarding our President.” In many cases its references to Trump consist of asking people if they want him to deport, arrest, or hang Muslims.

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