Crackpot conspiracy theory retweeted by the National Security Adviser-designate leads to an assault rifle shot at a Washingon pizzeria and ping pong spot adjacent to beloved Politics and Prose bookstore. Pundits, analysts and activists weigh in on how journalists should navigate or resist the new normal. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director


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SNL Again the Target of President’Elect’s Ire
The president-elect of the United States and the actor got into another tiff this weekend over Twitter after Trump again used his favorite micro-blogging site to criticize “Saturday Night Live’s” portrayal of him as a feckless, disinterested vulgarian.

Paul Ryan On Donald Trump Tweeting Lies: ‘Who Cares?’
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has no problem with President-elect Donald Trump tweeting lies and conspiracy theories, including dangerous allegations of mass voter fraud in the recent presidential election.

To Kill a Mockingbird removed from Virginia schools for racist language
Harper Lee and Mark Twain’s literary classics were removed from classrooms in Accomack County after a complaint was made by the mother of a biracial teenager. At the centre of the complaint was the use of the N-word, which appears frequently in both titles.

Trump plans ‘major news conference,’ but will he take questions?
President-elect Donald Trump has still not given a press conference since his Election Day victory. But he did find time this week for two interviews with his preferred cable news destination, Fox News.

Trump Will Bring His War on the Press to the White House
One of the biggest conflicts in Washington next year will be the one between the mainstream media and the most anti-press president since at least Richard Nixon. Donald Trump not only has shown contempt for much of the media, equating fairness with favorable coverage, but also he’s vowed to “open up our libel laws.”


Saudi Arabia muzzles journalist after he criticises Trump
Saudi Arabia is infamous for cracking down on journalists and media freedom. But the latest controversy over press control has raised eyebrows after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was banned from writing in newspapers after making disparaging remarks about US President-elect Donald Trump.

Show responsibility while reporting: Pakistan minister to journalists
The information and broadcasting minister said the government is introducing for the first time a bill in the National Assembly for the protection of journalists and implementation of code of ethics.

Vladimir Putin Debates Artistic Freedom on Russian TV
Putin said that he would defend artistic freedom, and that efforts to interfere with art and theater were “absolutely inadmissible.” The sentiment came in response to Mironov’s concerns about government censorship, and actions against art exhibitions and theater shows, like a recent production of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar that was cancelled in Omsk, after protests by Orthodox religious groups.

Qatar news site cuts output over ‘censorship’
Qatar’s most popular English-language news website said Sunday it will scale back operations after authorities blocked it in what managers have described as a “clear act of censorship.”

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