Flouting a conservative Supreme Court’s holding on flag burning, the President-elect threatens protesters with jail time and the stripping away of their citizenship. Does Gold Star father Khzir Kahn still have that pocket constitution handy to share?

-Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director


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Hannity: Trump doesn’t need a White House press office
Fox News personality Sean Hannity on Monday said President-elect Donald Trump does not need press in the White House. Hannity, a longtime Trump supporter, blasted the mainstream media, arguing that journalists “colluded” with Hillary Clinton in order to help the Democratic nominee win the presidential election.

FBI and NSA poised to gain new surveillance powers under Trump
The FBI, NSA and CIA are likely to gain expanded surveillance powers under President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, a prospect that has privacy advocates and some lawmakers trying to mobilize opposition.

Fake news is modern propaganda
A new article published in The Washington Post alleges that Russia was involved in disseminating fake news designed to get Donald Trump elected. The problem of fake news is more than simply an issue of false or shoddy reporting. This is about a targeted campaign of “disinformation,” as the Soviet Union used to call it, influencing the U.S. political system.

Journalist arrests at Standing Rock test the first amendment
The arrests of journalists and filmmakers covering the front lines of the Dakota Access pipeline fight highlight the limits of press protections and the central role of police, prosecutor, and court discretion in deciding whether or not members of the press should face legal consequences when covering protests.


Cuba: Police detain artist celebrating Castro’s death
Cuban police have arrested dissident artist Danilo “El Sexto” Maldonado Machado, once declared a prisoner of conscience, after he made a video celebrating the death of Fidel Castro.

Sports journalist jailed for three months in Bahrain over a tweet
A Bahraini court has sentenced a sports journalist to three months in prison for a tweet that allegedly defamed the Sunni sect of Islam. Faisal Hayyat was arrested on 9 October, but it was unclear about the specific nature of his offence.

EC can’t provide accreditation for all journalists
The Chairman of the National Media Commission, Mr. Kwasi Gyan Appenteng, has said the Electoral Commission cannot accredit every journalist everywhere in Ghana during the upcoming election.

Screenings canceled over security concerns in Jakarta
The organizers of a documentary-screening event decided to cancel two film screenings following warnings from Jakarta administration-run Taman Ismail Marzuki Cultural Center over security concerns.

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