The ‘Winter White House’ at Mar-A-Lago has windows blacked out to prevent inquiring press corps from peering too closely into the president’s weekend of golf and bonding with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe. The merriment was interrupted by word of a North Korean Missile launch, and consultations with sensitive documents and top aides around a candlelit dinner table in the resort’s open dining room.
-Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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Trump golf game gets special press box: a basement with blacked-out windows
Donald Trump loves to play golf. But he doesn’t always like other people to see him play golf – which would explain the black plastic bags covering the windows at the Trump National Jupiter golf club: to keep out reporters’ prying eyes.

A hastily called news conference caps off day for Trump in South Florida
The hastily called news conference at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was the third event during Abe’s visit Saturday to showcase a palm tree-lined Trump property.

State-sponsored hackers targeting prominent journalists, Google warns
Google has warned a number of prominent journalists that state-sponsored hackers are attempting to steal their passwords and break into their inboxes.

Deconstructing the ‘Liberal Campus’ Cliche
Uniformly labeling higher education as a community of hypersensitive, radical leftists is not only a false portrayal, but also undermines intellectualism.

The power of the press can’t hold populism down
Those who fear the media’s malign influence should recall how few of our current political upheavals were predicted, let alone endorsed, by newspapers.


Russia using Internet to try and rig three major European elections this year
Governments and security services across Europe have sounded public warnings about Russian interference in upcoming elections, amid mounting concern about a spate of cyber attacks on political parties and government institutions.

UK considers new punishments for whistleblowers and journalists
Draft legislation proposed as part of an upcoming overhaul of the UK’s Official Secrets Acts (OSA) could see individuals jailed for up to 14 years for handling leaked information.

Philippines press freedom still under pressure with journalist killings
Seven months into the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, press freedom remains under pressure in the Philippines.

Fake news charges emotionally driven Jakarta election
Anti-Islam conspiracies and Chinese invasion fears spread online in Indonesia as the upcoming election floods the internet with fake news.

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