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Google and CNN push back on presidential attacks. (See PEN America’s statement on how rhetorical assaults on digital platforms constitute government censorship threat.) The newspaper industry wins some relief on tariffs that had raised the price of Canadian newsprint. New police body camera footage shows two Denver officers handcuffed journalist for attempting to photograph them responding to a call on a public sidewalk. The Atlantic looks at how the president’s denigration of the press is changing the way teenagers view the news. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


CNN fires back at Trump: ‘CNN does not lie’
The comments from came shortly after Trump stepped up his attacks against CNN and veteran reporter Carl Berstein over a report about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting. “Make no mistake, Mr. President, CNN does not lie,” CNN Communications tweeted. “We report the news. CNN stands by our reporting and our reporters.”

Trump Claims Google Didn’t Promote His State Of The Union. Google And This Screenshot Say Otherwise.
President Trump on Wednesday posted a video on Twitter accusing Google of promoting former president Obama’s State of the Union addresses on its highly trafficked homepage, while ignoring his, claiming the search giant is biased against the Republican.

Newspaper industry gets the tariff release it has sought. Now what?
The newspaper industry won an important victory in the International Trade Commission today, voiding so-called “dumping” penalties that had raised the price of Canadian newsprint as local papers are facing huge financial challenges.

Body-cam vid shows Denver cops cuffed Indy editor as she photographed their badges
Police body camera footage released today shows two Denver officers told The Colorado Independent’s editor, Susan Greene, to “act like a lady” as they handcuffed and detained her in July for attempting to photograph them as they responded to a call on a public sidewalk.

Trump Has Changed How Teens View the News
Teenagers, in particular, appear to be increasingly questioning the credibility and value of traditional media organizations. In interviews with The Atlantic, teens expressed great skepticism about the accuracy of the mainstream media and reiterated Trump’s biased characterization of many news sources.


U.N. calls on China to free Uighurs from ‘re-education camps’
The panel said it was alarmed by: “Numerous reports of detention of large numbers of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities held incommunicado and often for long periods, without being charged or tried” and decried “reports of mass surveillance disproportionately targeting ethnic Uighurs.”

Japan complains to China over free speech after reporter blocked from covering meeting between diplomats
The Chinese foreign ministry excluded a reporter from the Sankei Shimbun—a Japanese conservative daily critical of China—from a media pool covering a meeting between China’s Foreign Minister and Japanese vice foreign minister Takeo Akiba. Other Japanese media covering the event then boycotted in protest.

Rights groups to Google: No censored search in China
More than a dozen human rights groups are urging Google not to offer censored internet search in China, amid reports it is planning to again provide the service in the giant market. A joint letter calls on CEO Sundar Pichai to explain what Google is doing to safeguard users from the Chinese government’s censorship and surveillance.

Indonesia detains suspected Polish journalist in Papua
Police in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua have detained a Pole suspected of working as a journalist to cover issues related to illegal activity. Although President Joko Widodo has promised to ease media curbs in Indonesia’s easternmost province, journalists face challenges in reporting from the region.

‘As close to a declaration of an Emergency as we will ever get’: Arundhati Roy reacts to raids in India
Reacting to raids and detentions, Roy said that anybody who speaks up for justice or against Hindu majoritarianism is being made into a criminal. “What is happening is absolutely perilous,” she said. “It is in preparation for the coming elections. We cannot allow this to happen. Otherwise we will lose every freedom that we cherish.”

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