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CNN and Jim Acosta sue President Trump and senior White House officials challenging the revocation of Acosta’s press pass, becoming the second organization—after PEN America—to challenge the president’s infringement upon journalists’ and media organization’s First Amendment rights in court. New tapes offer strong indication that Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman was closely supervising Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and dismemberment, indicating that those responsible reported back to him immediately upon completion of their grisly assignment. -Suzanne Nossel, Chief Executive Officer

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


CNN Sues President Trump and Top White House Aides for Barring Jim Acosta
CNN has filed a lawsuit against President Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s access to the White House. The suit alleges that Acosta and CNN’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the ban.
*Find out more about PEN America v. Trump here

Facebook Watch Gets a News Show to Tackle Fake News
The new show, Uncovered, launching in 2019, will be produced by the UK’s award-winning Channel 4 News. The online show joins other current affairs programming from U.S. networks including CNN and Fox News, launched as part of Facebook’s commitment to funding “trustworthy, informative, and local” news.

Truth and Virtue in the Age of Trump
“Trump’s assault on truth goes deeper than the frequency of his lies. … ‘Fake news’ doesn’t mean actual false reporting; it means any report that hurts Trump, no matter how solidly verified. And conversely, any assertion that helps Trump, whether it’s about job creation or votes, is true precisely because it helps him.”

Shining a Light on Life Behind Bars
“Prison writing is one of the oldest literary genres we have,” said Doran Larson, a professor of literature and creative writing at Hamilton College and former leader of the Attica Correctional Facility Writer’s Workshop. “Incarcerated people have been writing about their experiences since we started putting them in cages.” These letters are a rare and unusually candid look at that world we have built.


‘Tell Your Boss’: Recording Is Seen to Link Saudi Crown Prince More Strongly to Khashoggi Killing *PEN Case List: Find Out More
Shortly after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated, a member of the kill team instructed a superior over the phone to “tell your boss,” believed to be Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, that the operatives had carried out their mission, according to three people familiar with a recording of Khashoggi’s killing collected by Turkish intelligence.

Somalia Journalists Risk Their Lives to Report the Truth
“Fighting [fake news] in Somalia is the most dangerous job in the world of journalism.” Journalists in Somalia face a constant battle with misinformation and propaganda. But, unlike in many other parts of the world, they often pay with their lives for their commitment to seeking the truth.

Journalists Rally Behind Veteran Philippine Journalist Facing Fresh Legal Threats
Potential tax evasion charges against prominent Philippine journalist and government critic Maria Ressa have prompted an outpouring of support on social media from journalists around the world. Many have praised the founder and editor of Rappler, an investigative news site, and voiced fears about the state of press freedom in the Southeast Asian nation.

Italian Journalists Respond with Fury to M5S’s ‘Whores’ Insult
M5S takes particular aim at La Repubblica, often accusing it of perpetrating “fake news,” a phrase popularized by U.S. President Donald Trump. It is also common for journalists and other commentators who criticize the party to be met with a deluge of online abuse.

What We’ve Learned about Fake News in Africa
While users show a fair amount of scrutiny on political updates, especially in Nigeria, they are less stringent if a news story positively affirms an aspect of their identity. That could be a story on ethic identity in Kenya for example, or an issue relating to geopolitics such as Nigeria’s oil-rich Niger Delta. Young people, however, are less likely to be driven by these identities when sharing fake news.

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