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

Monday, November 14, 2016


NYT: To our readers, from the publisher and executive editor
New York Times publisher and executive editor pen a letter to readers, thanking them for their support and expressed intentions to pursue journalistic integrity and renewed vigor to bring about fair and unhampered reporting.

Sean Hannity suggests limiting White House press credentials
Fox News’s Sean Hannity suggested on Twitter that he doesn’t want president-elect Donald Trump to grant several major news outlets White House press credentials.

Floyd Abrams warns of threat Trump administration poses to free press
During an appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources, famed First Amendment lawyer Floyd Abrams discussed the real danger that the media faces in the age of a Donald Trump presidential administration. Abrams noted that although libel laws differ from state to state, Trump “could lead the public to be so anti-press” that even if it didn’t destroy the press, it could “limit its ability to do its constitutionally protected role.”

Donald Trump dismisses power of the press in post-election TV interview
President-elect Donald Trump, who demonstrated unprecedented hostility toward the press throughout the 2016 campaign, now feels emboldened in victory. “I think the press has shown that it’s much weaker than people thought,” Trump told “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl.


Abducted activist Mexico priest found alive but with ‘signs of torture’
A priest who was abducted in Mexico has been found alive after three days, but “with notable signs of torture,” the Roman Catholic Church said Sunday.

Ethiopian blogger-activist re-arrested *PEN Case List
Ethiopian police have re-arrested Zone 9 blogger and human rights activist who criticised the government, especially its handling of the ongoing protests in the Oromia and Amhara regions.

Journalist group sues Electoral Commission over media accreditation fees
The International Standards Journalist Association (ISJA) has filed a petition at the human rights court seeking to prevent the electoral commission of Ghana from charging media accreditation fees for journalists who plan to cover the December 7 presidential, parliamentary and local polls.

French journalist deported from Turkey after earlier arrest
French journalist Olivier Bertrand has been released following his arrest in Turkey which had drawn condemnation from the French government. Bertrand, who works for French news website, was detained on Friday while reporting in the town of Gaziantep, just north of Turkey’s border with Syria.

Another journalist shot dead in Bihar
Journalist Dharmendra Singh, who worked for a reputed Hindi daily, was shot dead on Saturday morning in Sasaram. The murder takes places exactly six months after another journalist with a Hindi paper was gunned down in Siwan.


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