This morning, via Twitter, the President-elect called off a planned meeting with the New York Times, citing unspecified changes to the terms of the discussing and adding a swipe at the paper as “nasty” and “inaccurate.”. Summoned to a meeting with the President-elect top news executives and anchors are mostly mum about the off-the-record encounter, though leaks ‎suggest Trump gave the media a harsh dressing down as prelude to a hoped-for “reset” in relations. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director


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Trump cancels, then uncancels meeting with New York Times
President-elect Donald Trump said he had canceled a planned meeting with reporters and editors from The New York Times — only to reverse himself hours later, his spokesperson and the newspaper confirmed.

Trump Summons TV Figures for Private Meeting, and Lets Them Have It
Mr. Trump described the television networks as dishonest in their reporting and shortsighted in missing the signs of his upset victory. He even criticized some in the room by name according to multiple people briefed on the meeting.

Why press won’t run video of Trump and Japanese prime minister
Video and images of Donald Trump’s meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not be seen on most major U.S. news outlets. The reason? Trump and Abe did not give the press access to the meeting. Instead, the Japanese government provided a video of the meeting, which in the eyes of the press corps amounts to government propaganda.

Billionaires vs. the Press in the Era of Trump
A small group of superrich Americans — the president-elect among them — has laid the groundwork for an unprecedented legal assault on the media. Can they succeed?

Trump’s Hamilton outburst ignores the theater’s history as a place for political protest
While Trump’s financial corruption is, undoubtedly, immensely dangerous and more than worth your time and attention, it’s still worthwhile to spend a little time thinking about Trump’s response to the Hamilton protest as well. Because it tells us something about the way that Trump thinks about art and free expression.


Dutch journalist facing prison term in Panama for criminal libel
Okke Ornstein is being held in jail in Panama after being arrested last Tuesday on a charge of criminal libel. He is facing a 20-month prison sentence over articles published on his blog about the business practices of a Canadian who lives in Panama City, Monte Friesner.

60 percent of Russians think Internet censorship is necessary, poll finds
The poll was conducted by the Levada Center, an independent polling firm, which asked Russians questions about trust in media and censorship between Oct. 21 to 24. On the subject of political censorship, 32 percent of Russians said that denying access to certain websites would infringe upon the rights and freedoms of activists, while 44 percent said it did not and 24 percent could not answer.

Algerian Minister says journalists need to trained against negative content
Minister of Communication, Hamid Grine, has insisted Monday on the need for protecting the freedom of expression through training against perceived defamation and slander.

Countries don’t control the internet. Companies do.
How can we be sure that Google and other big tech companies will safeguard our rights and freedoms like the cheerful buddies they present themselves as? What can be done to hold big tech to account?

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