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TV networks try real-time fact-checking on presidential address after agreeing to grant live broadcast. Federal court rules that elected official in Virginia violates the First Amendment when banning constituents from official social media pages. Report says telephone companies are selling customers’ location data to unauthorized users. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


Anchors Scramble to Fact-Check Trump After Prime-Time Address
The decision by major broadcast networks to carry Trump’s address live set off a fierce debate over journalistic responsibility in an age of unusual mendacity in politics. Anchors responded by delivering a tough-minded assessment of his remarks.

Court Ruling Could Foreshadow New Twitter Rules for Trump
The case has big implications for an upcoming circuit court case on whether President Trump can block voices he doesn’t like from his official @realdonaldtrump Twitter account, a practice that the White House has defended since he took office.

I Gave a Bounty Hunter $300. Then He Located Our Phone.
T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country.

In Buffalo’s ‘Digital Deserts,’ More Than Half of Households Lack Internet
The disparities are starkest on Buffalo’s East Side, particularly in the Broadway-Fillmore district, where fewer than two in five homes have internet on some blocks.

Challenges for Small Literary Journals
So how can such journals—many of which count subscribers in the hundreds—thrive in an era in which libraries and humanities programs are not overflowing with cash? And how can these publications, still print-centric and labor intensive, survive in an era in which so many embrace the speed and efficiency of digital publishing?


Linkedin Censored the Profile of Another Critic of the Chinese Government
Last month LinkedIn censored the profile and activities of a vocal critic of the Chinese government for users in China, but after being asked about it by BuzzFeed News this week, LinkedIn restored the page and said it had only been blocked in error.

Two Journalists Attacked by Far-Right Extremists in Rome
Two reporters for Italy’s L’Espresso magazine were assaulted by far-right extremists at the Verano cemetery in Rome. The reporters were covering the commemoration of the victims of a 1978 attack against far-right activists.

Journalist Upendra Rai Gets Bail from High Court in CBI Case
The Delhi High Court has granted bail to journalist Upendra Rai, arrested by the CBI in May for his alleged involvement in dubious financial transactions; however, he will remain in jail as he is in judicial custody in a related case.

Turkish Court Hands Jail Term to DW Reporter Pelin Unker
A court has sentenced reporter Pelin Unker to more than a year in jail over her “Paradise Papers” reports for a Turkish newspaper. Unker reported an alleged link between a former premier and an offshore account.

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