Pledging to “drain the swamp” president-elect Trump may also drain the pool. The White House press pool, that is. Threatening to buck precedent that dates back to FDR, team Trump has left reporters guessing whether they’ll have access to Trump’s every move. —Suzanne Nossel, PEN America


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Press Groups Urge Trump To Commit To Press Access As President-Elect
More than a dozen press advocacy organizations urged President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday to allow a “protective pool” of reporters to follow him outside Trump Tower and report on his whereabouts for the broader press corps ― and, most importantly, the public.

Trump isn’t president yet, but he’s already at war with the New York Times
Since his election to the world’s most powerful office last week, Trump has tweeted 23 times (as of this writing); seven of those digital dispatches — 30 percent — have been shots at the Times or its reporting.

Megyn Kelly: What Donald Trump Did To Me Has Real Implications
“I thought it was important to document as a historical record what it was like to be on the receiving end of his behavior,” she said of her new book. “And the reason, among others, is as a First Amendment issue what Donald Trump did to me has real implications.”

Banned Alt-Right Twitter Users Flee to Invite-Only, Press-Free Safe Space
High-profile Trump-supporting Twitter users who were banned from the site for “targeted abuse and harassment” on Tuesday took to the invite-only, alt-right-heavy social network on Wednesday to air their grievances and decry what they called censorship.

How to Report Under Authoritarianism
American journalists have long faced challenges reporters in the U.S. never had to deal with being targeted on a broad scale by the President. But with the election of Donald Trump that could change.


Journalists urge Canada to adopt ‘shield law’ to protect sources
Journalists offered three simple recommendations to the federal government during a news conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, including the adoption of a press shield law ensuring journalists not be made to disclose their confidential sources.

Australian journalist calls hate speech law an attack on free speech that should be repealed
The journalist Peter Greste says the law prohibiting insulting or offending people based on their race should be repealed, arguing it chips away at freedom of speech.

China censors search results for Kim Jong Un’s nickname
Internet firms Baidu and Weibo are censoring a widely-used disparaging nickname for the North Korean leader, poking fun at his girth, reports suggest. The censorship comes as China reiterates its “internet sovereignty.”

Thai Website Shutdowns Soar After King’s Death
Thai authorities cracking down on online insults to the royal family following the recent death of their king pressed Google and Facebook for help as they shut down 1,300-plus websites last month — more than they had in the previous five years combined.


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