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Supreme Court is set to hear arguments today on whether the Trump Administration can include a question about citizenship in the 2020 census, which impacts political representation and federal funding for the next decade. Oklahoma lawmakers sign a bill banning ‘free speech zones’ on public college campuses, deeming all outdoor areas on campus public forums. Faculty members at Williams College petition the administration to adopt the Chicago Principles on free speech, dividing staff and students alike. Myanmar Supreme Court rejects Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo’s appeals. (See PEN America’s statement.) -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager


DARE: Daily Alert on Rights and Expression

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


A Decade of Implications at Stake, Supreme Court Hears Census Citizenship Question
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments Tuesday in a legal battle with lasting implications that could dramatically affect political representation and federal funding over the next decade. The justices are weighing whether to allow the Trump Administration to add a question about U.S. citizenship status to forms for the upcoming 2020 census.

Oklahoma House Signs off on Bill Banning Campus ‘Free Speech Zones’
Oklahoma lawmakers continue efforts to prohibit designated areas for expression on public college campuses. The Oklahoma House approved Senate Bill 361, deeming all outdoor areas at the state’s colleges and universities as public forums.

Williams College Reviews Free Speech Guidelines after Faculty Petition
A faculty petition at Williams College to adopt the Chicago principles, which many free speech advocates consider the gold standard of free speech philosophy, has divided the campus and pushed administrators to review the college’s policies.

Man Who Threatened to Kill Boston Globe Employees Will Plead Guilty, Lawyer Says
A man charged with threatening to kill employees of The Boston Globe last summer will plead guilty to all seven criminal counts against him. The man, Robert Chain, made a series of menacing phone calls to the Boston newspaper from his home in California last year.


Top Myanmar Court Rejects Appeal by Massacre Reporters *PEN Case List: Learn More
Myanmar’s Supreme Court rejected the latest appeal Tuesday by two Pulitzer-prize winning Reuters journalists who were jailed for seven years on charges linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, as hopes now turn to a presidential pardon.

New I.R.A. Apologizes for Killing of Journalist in Northern Ireland
Amid widespread condemnation and anger at the killing of a journalist in Northern Ireland last week, a paramilitary group calling itself the New Irish Republican Army took the unusual step on of admitting responsibility for the act and offering its “full and sincere” apologies to her partner, family, and friends.

Sri Lanka Shows Why Banning Social Media Is a ‘Blunt Instrument’
“There was plenty of praise for Sri Lanka’s shutdown of many internet services in the wake of terrorist attacks which rocked the country on Easter Sunday. But little of it came from Sri Lankans, many of whom were cut off from means of communicating with relatives and forced to rely on a government-friendly media for information.”

Ugandan Lawmaker and Activist Bobi Wine Has Been Arrested by Authorities—Again
Ugandan police have arrested artist, activist, and legislator Bobi Wine. He was detained Monday after police shut down a recent concert, where they fired tear gas at his supporters and fans, according to his wife Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi.

China’s New Video Game Rules Officially Ban Blood, Corpses, Mahjong, and Poker
Three genres of games will no longer be allowed in China, including gambling titles such as Mahjong and Poker, games that deal with the country’s imperial history, and games featuring corpses and blood. Other initiatives include requesting publishers to change how their titles promote Chinese values and culture so that if they become popular around the world, they’ll portray the country in a favorable light.

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