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Push for regulation of tech giants gains force as more surfaces about Russia-linked efforts to reach U.S. voters and other ways their platforms abet fake news and nefarious influence. Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Ann Coulter on the card “free speech week” at the University of California at Berkeley and the university is preparing for conflict at the event sponsored by a conservative group. The House and Senate unanimously pass joint resolution urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-Semitic hate groups, sending the measure to the White House for his signature in rebuke of his equivocal response to the Charlottesville. ESPN apologizes after reporter Jemele Hill calls President Trump a “white supremacist” on Twitter. -Dru Menaker

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


Conservatives, liberals unite against Silicon Valley
With Democrats talking tough about applying antitrust scrutiny to “Big Tech” and Republicans condemning internet firms for their snap judgments about who gets to say what online, tech is encountering unaccustomed hostility from the political class. Tighter regulation no longer seems a far-fetched scenario.

Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter to Speak at Berkeley ‘Free Speech Week’
The UC Berkeley event, scheduled to take place over four days starting September 24, appears likely to be met with protests, as the university has already arranged for additional security to deal with potential demonstrations.

Congressional resolution pushes Trump to condemn white supremacists
Congress is sending a bipartisan joint resolution condemning the Charlottesville violence—as well as white nationalists, white supremacists, the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups—to President Trump for his signature.

ESPN disavows Jemele Hill’s tweets calling Donald Trump a ‘white supremacist’
“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN,” the sports media giant said. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”


Protest for justice over murdered Indian journalist
Up to 15,000 people including writers, journalists and academics have turned out in Bangalore to condemn the murder of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh. Lankesh, who was shot dead outside her home on September 5, is the most high-profile Indian journalist murdered in recent years.

Turkish court extends detention of Cumhuriyet journalists
A hearing in Istanbul extended the detention of five journalists with Turkey’s leading opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet. The court ruled to keep the journalists in prison until the next hearing on September 25, when the court is expected to give its verdict on the basis of expert reports and eyewitness accounts.

Duterte drug war: Philippines cuts rights body’s budget to $20
Lawmakers in the Philippines voted to give an annual budget of just 1,000 pesos ($20) to the public body investigating the country’s controversial war on drugs. The cut to the budget was supported by a margin of 119 to 32 in Congress.

RT, Sputnik and Russia’s New Theory of War
You can tighten your internet security protocols to protect against data breaches, run counterhacking operations to take out infiltrators, sanction countries with proven links to such activities. But RT and Sputnik operate on the stated terms of Western liberal democracy; they count themselves as news organizations, protected by the First Amendment and the libertarian ethos of the internet.

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