Public relations experts gird us to withstand an expected propaganda onslaught, building on a long tradition of American politics, while experts and pundits debate whether the President-elect’s attacks on private citizens are properly considered protected speech. -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 to inherit state-run TV network with expanded reach
A provision tucked into the defense bill guts the Voice of America board, stoking fears that Trump could wield a powerful propaganda arm.

All the President’s Propaganda
Come Jan. 20, Mr. Trump will have his hands on the government’s $1 billion-plus public communications machine. It is a disturbing prospect. Information is one of our republic’s greatest and most underappreciated vulnerabilities.

Twitter Reinstates White Nationalist Leader Richard Spencer
According to Twitter, Spencer was suspended on a technicality: violating a multiple accounts statute. The suspension reversal highlights Twitter’s struggles with policy enforcement in a post-Trump era.

Trump tweets stir debate about intimidation
Trump’s tweets often rile up his supporters. Now his personal attacks have prompted deep concerns, given that Trump is set to become commander-in-chief.

Gawker’s Demise and the Trump-Era Threat to the First Amendment
The prospect of liability, perhaps existential in nature, for true stories presents a chilling risk for those who rely on the First Amendment.


Chinese Police to Be Given Authority to Block Internet Access
A proposed law will allow Chinese law enforcement officials to cut Internet access to the public in times of natural disasters, public health crises or social unrest.

Another Journalist Murdered in Mexico
Radio journalist Jesus Adrian Rodriguez was shot and killed Saturday morning as he was on his way to work at Antena Radio, bringing the number of murdered journalists to at least 11 this year.

South Korean Filmmakers Demand Probe Into Censorship Allegations
South Korean president Park Geun-hye’s former chief of staff Kim Ki-choon is accused of compiling a “blacklist” of artists who have expressed opposition to government policies or supported politicians of the opposition party.

The corrosive effect of jailing novelists and journalists in Turkey
In an essay about the silencing of writers, Elif Şafak explores the challenges facing those who have not been imprisoned by the Turkish government.

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