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Major news organizations come under significant criticism for context-free tweets repeating President Trump’s disputable assertion that new Mueller investigation filings clear him. New transcript of recording of murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi consulate has his last words as ‘I can’t breathe’ and notes the sounds of saws dismembering his body. Federal authorities are investigating the origins of millions of fake comments submitted to the FCC in opposition to changes in net neutrality provisions. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


AP, NBC News Tweet Trump Nonsense, Pay Price
It’s true that President Trump declared that filings by special counsel Robert Mueller cleared him. It’s also true that Trump was lying.

Feds Investigating Millions Of Fake Messages Opposing Net Neutrality
The Justice Department is investigating possible criminal activity linked to millions of fake or duplicated messages—many from Russian email addresses—sent to the Federal Communications Commission opposing net neutrality.

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret
An app on the device gathered her location information, which was then sold without her knowledge. It recorded her whereabouts as often as every two seconds, according to a database of more than a million phones in the New York area that was reviewed by The New York Times.

An Arkansas High School Newspaper’s Stories On High School Football Have Been Uncensored
The SPLC letter, signed by 27 organizations and individuals including the National Scholastic Press Association and PEN America, noted that demanding prior review of articles goes against Arkansas state laws protecting student journalists.


‘I Can’t Breathe.’ Jamal Khashoggi’s Last Words Disclosed in Transcript *PEN Case List: Learn More
“I can’t breathe.” These were the final words uttered by Jamal Khashoggi after he was set upon by a Saudi hit squad at the country’s consulate in Istanbul. The transcript notes the sounds of Khashoggi’s body being dismembered by a saw, as the alleged perpetrators are advised to listen to music to block out the sound.

Journalist Gutiérrez-Soto Talks Freedom of Expression as He Awaits Asylum Ruling
“The risk that you take is for the love of the work and love of the freedom, and because you like to participate in a democratic society,” Emilio Gutiérrez-Soto said. He spoke to students and faculty about his past and this struggle to receive U.S. asylum, as well as his experience with journalism and the free press.

This Myanmar Law Makes Facebook Posting a Dangerous Game
As the recently connected country hashes out issues of free press, fake news, and digital privacy, critics of a criminal defamation law say it’s being used to silence legitimate and important speech.

How Egypt Crowdsources Censorship
“The laws are vague enough to act as a catchall. The crusade to silence words, images, and thoughts is both opaque and arbitrary. What may well escape the state censor might still offend a neighbor—partly because the government has encouraged citizens to report fake news and ‘forces of evil.’”

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