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Companies stop advertising on Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s show after she mocks Parkland student active against gun violence. Facebook says it has begun “fact-checking” photos and videos. Roseanne TV reboot sets off sharp off-screen debate. President Trump continues attack on Amazon and its chief executive, Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


Advertisers Ditching Laura Ingraham’s Show Over Attack On Parkland Survivor
The companies’ announcements came a day after Ingraham mocked David Hogg, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, for not getting accepted into a few of the colleges he’d applied to. In response, Hogg called on people to pressure companies to remove their ads from Ingraham’s programs.

Facebook begins ‘fact-checking’ photos and videos
The fact-checking began on Wednesday in France with assistance from the news organization AFP and will soon expand to more countries and partners, Tessa Lyons, a product manager at Facebook, said in a briefing with reporters. The project is part of “efforts to fight false news around elections,” she said.

The ‘Roseanne’ Reboot Is Funny. I’m Not Going to Keep Watching.
Social critic and author Roxane Gay said of the controversial Roseanne reboot: “This fictional family, and the show’s very real creator, are further normalizing Trump and his warped, harmful political ideologies. There are times when we can consume problematic pop culture, but this is not one of those times.”

Trump Attacks Amazon, Saying It Does Not Pay Enough Taxes
The president has lashed out against the giant company and its chief executive, Jeff Bezos, on Twitter more than a dozen times since 2015. And privately, people close to him said, Mr. Trump repeatedly brings up his disdain for the company, often set off by his anger at negative stories in The Washington Post, which is owned by Mr. Bezos.


Amal Clooney to defend Reuters journalists held in Myanmar *PEN Case List
“Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are being prosecuted simply because they reported the news. I have reviewed the case file, and it is clear beyond doubt that the two journalists are innocent and should be released immediately,” human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said in a statement released by her office on Thursday.

Gunman shoots exiled Azeri journalist in southern France
Journalist Rahim Namazov was an outspoken critic of Azeri political leadership and served time in prison before seeking exile in France. “It’s the journalistic profession, the father of a family and the freedom of the press that has been attacked today,” said Karine Michelet-Traval, the mayor of Colomiers where the shooting occurred.

Indian journalist arrested for posting fake news
Indian police have arrested the editor of a website for publishing a fake report that Muslims had attacked a monk from the Jain faith, officials said on Friday. India has seen a proliferation of fake news as more and more people in the country of 1.2 billion turn away from traditional media to internet items on smart phones.

Malaysia lowers maximum jail time in fake news Bill after backlash
The controversial Bill now sets a maximum jail time of six years and/or a fine of RM500,000 (US $130,000) instead of 10 years and/or the fine. The wording of clauses has also been changed from “knowingly” to “maliciously” creating, spreading, or publishing fake news or providing financial assistance to those who do so.

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