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DARE: Daily Alert on Rights and Expression

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


Trump uses un-canceled meeting with NY Times to complain about the Times
The visit included an on-the-record meeting at which Times staff was able to ask questions of Trump, as several Times reporters live-tweeted the proceedings. What resulted was a wide-ranging discussion — but one that began with Trump criticizing the Times’ reporting, as he had similarly criticized coverage in a meeting with network executives and anchors on Monday.

Politico editor resigns after publishing alt-right leader’s home addresses
The abrupt departure happened after Politico’s Michael Hirsh published the private addresses of Richard Spencer, head of the National Policy Institute, which critics describe as a white nationalist organization. “Stop whining about Richard B. Spencer, Nazi, and exercise your rights as decent Americans,” Hirsh wrote on his public Facebook page. “Here are his two addresses.”

Trump to reporters: ‘You’ll be happy’ with my views on the First Amendment
President-elect Donald Trump vowed that reporters would be “happy” with his stewardship of the First Amendment under his presidency, despite past promises to make it easier to sue them.

Can Trump Continue to Bypass Press With Twitter in White House?
No president-elect in modern times has waited so long to speak to the media after being chosen as the commander-in-chief. Trump has instead relied on Twitter to communicate to the public as well as stoke intrigue about his Cabinet picks.

Donald Trump thinks the media have to be nice to him. Um, no.
For Trump, “good” reporters or “good” media outlets are those that report stories that are good for him and/or nice to him. The opposite is also true: You are a “bad” reporter or a “bad” media company if you report on news that paints Trump in a less-than-favorable light—facts be damned.


Facebook Reportedly Willing to Restrict News Stories in China
Facebook is working on a program to restrict stories from showing up in news feeds based upon a user’s geography, the New York Times reports, the first time the tool that actively caters to censors has been revealed.

Swedish media chiefs call for action over Turkey’s press freedom clamp
Sweden’s leading media editors and executives have written an open letter to their government calling on it to act to help Turkey’s stricken media outlets.

Sisi says journalists’ union chief sentenced for criminal offence not opinion
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has said a recent jail sentence for journalists’ union chief stemmed from a criminal conviction and was not related to freedom of speech or opinion.

Azerbaijan removes Japanese journalist from ‘black list’
A Japanese citizen, an employee of the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper, Hitoshi Omae has been removed from the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry’s list of undesirable people who illegally visited territories occupied by Armenia, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told APA on Nov. 23.

Canadian Senator tables bill to protect confidentiality of journalists’ sources
Amid a scandal over revelations that police in Quebec spied on several journalists, Conservative Senator Claude Carignan has introduced a private member’s bill that aims to keep police from ferreting out reporters’ sources.

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