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Fox News commentator redefines the word “coup” to mean the investigation by U.S. Justice Department-appointed special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election. Trump administration reportedly prohibits the Center for Disease Control from using seven terms, including “evidence-based,” in documents to be used for next year’s budget. Iowa Supreme Court justice issues order prohibiting the Des Moines Register from publishing information gleaned from then-public court records. Federal records show requests from a Republican campaign research group for access to emails written by E.P.A. employees critical of the agency. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Coordinator

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


A ‘coup in America?’ Fox News escalates anti-Mueller rhetoric.
The phrase appeared on screen as Kellyanne Conway and host Jesse Watters were referring to revelations that counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team in July after text messages were discovered in which he discussed his dislike of Trump and support of Hillary Clinton with FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

CDC gets list of forbidden words: Fetus, transgender, diversity
In some instances, the analysts were given alternative phrases. Instead of “science-based” or ­“evidence-based,” the suggested phrase is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.” In other cases, no replacement words were immediately offered.

Iowa Supreme Court justice blocks Register’s use of court records
The order temporarily prohibits the Register from publishing information from court records that were sealed from public view after the Register obtained copies. The Register has objected, calling the order an unlawful form of prior restraint that violates the First Amendment.

E.P.A. Employees Spoke Out. Then Came Scrutiny of Their Email.
Definers Public Affairs, a company affiliated with the Republican campaign research group America Rising, has been hired by the E.P.A. to provide “media monitoring,” in a move the agency said was intended to keep better track of newspaper and video stories about E.P.A. operations nationwide.


German journalist freed from jail in Turkey pending trial
The court in Istanbul freed German journalist Mesale Tolu but barred her from traveling abroad. She must also report to authorities at regular intervals. Scores of journalists have been jailed in Turkey on terror-related charges as part of a wider government crackdown launched in the wake of last year’s failed coup.

Artist Who Filmed Beijing Crackdown Is Reportedly Freed on Bail
Hua Yong, who was detained after filming the mass expulsion of migrant workers from Beijing, was released on a form of bail known as “qubao houshen,” which allows the police to continue investigating for up to a year. Often the suspect won’t be charged, but can be monitored and face restrictions on travel and public speaking.

Zambian government condemns attack on private radio station
Supporters of the ruling party stoned the radio station’s offices, breaking windows and vehicles belonging to an opposition politician who was being interviewed. “This barbaric act is not only primitive, but a serious assault on the freedom of the press,” Kampamba Mulenga, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting said.

Russia-Imposed Court In Crimea Upholds Journalist Semena’s Verdict
Semena was arrested and charged with acting against the “territorial integrity of the Russian Federation.” Human rights advocates say the Russia-appointed authorities in Crimea conduct a persistent campaign of oppression that targets opponents of Crimea’s annexation, including independent media outlets and journalists.

Twitter criticised after suspending account of Egyptian journalist Wael Abbas
Abbas is an award-winning journalist honoured internationally for his documentation of human rights abuses and police brutality in Egypt. Since his reports, which helped lead to the conviction of Egyptian police for torture, Abbas has faced harassment from the government and had his YouTube and Yahoo accounts shut down.

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