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White House officials tell CNN correspondent Jim Acosta that his press pass will be suspended again when the court restraining order forcing its reinstatement expires after 14 days. The White House also says it will draw up conduct rules for the press, suggesting that it will set the criteria for who covers the presidency and how. Even after the CIA concludes that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump praises the Saudi leader as a ‘spectacular ally.’ Editor of Chico Enterprise-Record in California recounts the toll of the Camp Fire on his newspaper’s staff: 10 people lost their homes, one doesn’t know, and three others are evacuated. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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CNN Asks for Emergency Hearing after Trump Threatens to Revoke Acosta’s Press Pass Again
The White House has issued a new warning to CNN’s Jim Acosta, saying his press pass could be revoked again at the end of the month. In response, CNN is asking the U.S. District Court for another emergency hearing.

Trump Reveals New Weapon against Media
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared that the Trump administration was drawing up new rules to govern reporters’ behavior—and a process for booting them if those rules are broken.

Despite Evidence on Khashoggi, Trump Sticks With the Crown Prince. Why?
President Trump praised Saudi Arabia this weekend as a “truly spectacular ally,” even after the CIA concluded that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader, ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

How Local Reporters Are Covering the Camp Fire
Ten staffers at the Chico Enterprise-Record have lost their homes in the Camp Fire disaster. The newspaper’s editor, David Little, said the staff feels “really helpless,” but they are helping by informing the community. Papers are being delivered to evacuation centers and other locations.


CIA Concludes Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s Assassination *PEN Case List: Find Out More
The CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince’s brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi. Khalid, at his brother’s direction, told Khashoggi that he should go to the Saudi Consulate and gave him assurances that it would be safe to do so.

Imprisoned Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov Awarded Human Rights Prize *PEN Case List: Find Out More
Imprisoned Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov has been awarded the Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Award alongside the late U.S. senator John McCain. Sentsov held a 145-day hunger strike from May to October this year, demanding the release of all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia. He ended the hunger strike last month amid grave health complications.

Outcry as Chinese Erotic Writer Jailed for More Than 10 Years over Gay Sex Scenes in Novelcosta
The writer, surnamed Liu but better known by her internet alias Tianyi, was handed a 10-and-a-half year jail term for “producing and selling pornographic materials.” The book, Occupy, was said to be filled with “graphic depictions of male homosexual sex scenes” tinged with violence.

Malta Police Identify Suspected Journalist Murder Masterminds: Report
Investigators have identified a group of at least three Maltese nationals who they believe masterminded the killing of anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia 13 months ago. Their names have not been revealed.

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