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CNN’s New York office evacuated for second time in six weeks after bomb threat interrupts live broadcasting. President Trump reported to have tapped former Fox News anchor and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Michael Bloomberg, owner of Bloomberg News Agency, muses on what it would mean for the major media outlet if he ran for president. Replying to another tweet from president labeling the press as the enemy of the people, survivor of murderous gunman at Capitol Gazette newsroom describes pain of covering annual holiday decorating at Maryland governor’s residence with reporting partner of years who was killed in the attack. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


CNN’s New York Offices Given All-Clear after Bomb Threat
Police and CNN have issued an all-clear message after the network’s New York offices and studios were evacuated because of a phoned-in bomb threat. The threat came Thursday night when a caller indicated there were five devices in the building.

Trump To Pick Heather Nauert, Former Fox News Anchor, As U.N. Ambassador
President Trump is expected to announce that he has chosen Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman and a former Fox News host, to become the next ambassador to the United Nations.

Reporters At Bloomberg News Are Worried About Michael Bloomberg’s Potential Presidential Run
Bloomberg’s interview this week quickly caused paranoia within his news division. The politics team, in particular, has been rankled by what Bloomberg said about how in-house political reporters should handle his potential campaign (not at all).

Backlash as Federal Workers Warned Not to Discuss Trump Impeachment
The move prompted immediate backlash from government watchdogs and unions, who said the interpretation of political activity is too broad and exposes more than 2 million federal employees to undue risk and could hurt their free speech rights.

Trump Called Journalists ‘THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!’ a Capital Gazette Photographer Had a Powerful Rebuttal.
Joshua McKerrow responded eloquently to the president’s tweet in a thread that is equal parts memorial to Wendi Winters—who was killed in a mass shooting in the paper’s Annapolis newsroom in June—and rebuttal of the president’s attacks on journalists at a time when global violence against reporters is spiking.


From a Myanmar Jail, a Children’s Book about the Power of Journalism *PEN Case List: Learn More
“Many people in Myanmar think of journalists as swindlers,” Shwe Mi, Wa Lone’s editor at the Third Story Project, said. “There is no child who wants to be a journalist. That is why we need to introduce what journalism is to children.”

Russia Must Pay Pussy Riot Members $55,000 in Compensation for Violating Their Human Rights
The Russian government has failed in its attempt to overturn the artist-activist group Pussy Riot’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights. The Strasbourg court ruled in July that Russia must pay some $55,000 in compensation for violating the group’s human rights when they were arrested in 2012.

Australia Passes New Law to Thwart Strong Encryption
The new law requires that companies provide a way to get at encrypted communications and data via a warrant process. It also imposes fines of up to A$10 million for companies that do not comply and A$50,000 for individuals who do not comply. In short, the law thwarts (or at least tries to thwart) strong encryption.

The “Yellow Jackets” Riots In France Are What Happens When Facebook Gets Involved With Local News
What’s happening right now in France isn’t happening in a vacuum. The Yellow Jackets movement is a beast born almost entirely from Facebook. And it’s only getting more popular.

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