Meryl Streep uses the Golden Globes spotlight to call out Donald Trump’s mockery of a disabled reporter and to propound her fears for the future of press freedom. Cabinet nominee hearings are coming fast and furious, leaving ethics scrutiny in the dust. Check out PEN America’s report cards on the free expression records of would-be officials in the hotseat this week. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director


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


At Golden Globes, Meryl Streep Takes On Donald Trump
The most powerful moment of the night belonged to Meryl Streep, who used her acceptance speech for the honorary Cecil B. deMille Award to deliver a harsh rebuke of President-elect Donald Trump and to advocate for press freedom.

Trump blasts ‘Meet The Press’ for cutting Conway interview
President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday blasted NBC’s “Meet The Press” for not airing a full interview with one of his top advisers.

Student Painting Depicting Cops as Animals Removed From the Capitol
A painting by a high school student has been removed from the U.S. Capitol building after complaints about its negative depiction of police officers.


Cartoonists ‘Still Facing Death Threats’ Two Years on From Charlie Hebdo
Cartoonists continue to ‘pay a high price for their irony’, it’s been claimed, two years since Islamists stormed Charlie Hebdo’s offices and killed 12 people. They continue to face censorship, threats, judicial harassment, violence and murder.

Weeks after blocking the site, Russia has banned the LinkedIn app
Russian demands to remove the popular professional networking app from both the Apple Store and Google Play Store had apparently been met. It is no longer possible for Russian smartphone users to download the LinkedIn app for either Android or Apple.

Reporter outraged as police take equipment coming from MH17 crash site
A journalist who brought back pieces of wreckage from a visit to the MH17 crash site in Ukraine has accused Dutch police who confiscated his camera and computer equipment of being needlessly heavy-handed.

Serbian journalistic community “shocked at ruling against weekly”
A Belgrade court determined that the weekly, NIN, had damaged the reputation of Serbia’s Minister of Interior by publishing a June article which portrayed him as “The Phantom of Savamala”, the Court ordered the magazine to pay the equivalent of 2,500 euros for harming the Minister’s reputation.

Academic Freedom and Military Rule in Thailand
Military governments in Thailand have a history of repressing academic freedom and the general freedom of expression.

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