The media and President-elect litigate the legitimacy of the election results and the fate of Cabinet agencies via heavily punctuated tweets. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director


DARE: Daily Alert on Rights and Expression

PEN America’s take on today’s most pressing threats to free expression


Trump Floats Jail, Loss of Citizenship for U.S. Flag Burners
Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants to impose punishment on people who burn American flags, possibly including imprisonment or loss of U.S citizenship. Trump floated the sanctions, which would run counter to a 1989 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in an early-morning tweet.

Words Matter. We Must Protect Them
Over the past week many have questioned to what degree Trump’s presidency will hew to the declarations of his campaign. Working on behalf of an organization of writers, I cannot be so quick to dismiss Trump’s campaign fulminations as empty words. If we believe that Trump was willing to say just about anything to be elected, what would stop him now from offering equally empty correctives?

Why you should care about Donald Trump’s lack of a protective press pool
Since Donald Trump won the presidency three weeks ago, journalists have complained about the billionaire’s unwillingness to implement what is known as a “protective” press pool. Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks has told reporters that they will ultimately have “all of the access that they have ever had under any president,” yet the president-elect still won’t allow them to travel with him on the same airplane.

Capitulation nation: Steve Bannon’s media rehabilitation shows the press is surrendering without a fight
Bannon is being dangerously normalized by the Boston Globe and New York Times, who call it probing journalism.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has issued a statement reminding Americans that the Holocaust “did not begin with killing; it began with words.” Two years ago, any one of these events would have been seen as extraordinary. In the current crush of the absurd, they come dangerously close to blending into the background in the way that police sirens can become ambient noise in New York City.


Fears over access to journalists’ data in Ireland
The lack of checks on accessing the private communications data of journalists is a “cause of great concern”, the State’s human rights watchdog has said.

Zambian Journalist Chanda Chimba III Appeals Conviction
Freelance journalist Chanda Chimba III is set to appeal against his conviction by the Lusaka magistrate. The Lusaka Magistrate court convicted Chimba III for his role in the production of the Stand Up for Zambia documentaries.

Anti-Marcos journalist’s verified account disabled by Facebook
The verified personal Facebook account of veteran Filipino journalist Inday Espina-Varona was disabled by Facebook on Monday, without any explanation for hours. “Today, I find myself blocked with this notice,” Espina-Varona told another journalist, referring to a Facebook notice stating her profile is under review.

Indian journalist who said Modi’s speech was pre-recorded faces threats
Murli claims to have been getting death threats over the phone, with some callers allegedly threatening to abduct him. He has also become the target of a vicious hate campaign on social media; his Facebook page is flooded with abusive messages.

Trial of Czech journalist continues in Sudan
The trial of a Czech journalist and two Christian pastors charged with espionage, waging war against the state and inciting hatred against religious congregations, has continued in Khartoum on Monday.

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