National Security Adviser Flynn resigns within hours of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway saying the General enjoyed the President’s full confidence, only to be contradicted by spokesman Spicer. The Wall Street Journal Newsroom has it out at a Town Hall with Editor-in-Chief Gerald Baker‎ over whether the paper is pulling punches in covering Trump. Meanwhile, former Apprentice contestant turned Trump adviser Omarosa Maginault threatened journalist April Ryan, saying the White House has collected a “dossier” on her and other journalists.
-Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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Journalist says Trump adviser Omarosa Manigault bullied her and mentioned a ‘dossier’ on her
The reporter, April Ryan, said Manigault “physically intimidated” her in a manner that could have warranted intervention by the Secret Service. She also said Manigault made verbal threats, including the claim that Ryan was among several journalists on whom officials had collected “dossiers” of negative information.

Top Wall Street Journal Editor Defends Trump Coverage
Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, vigorously defended his newspaper’s coverage of President Trump on Monday, rejecting suggestions that The Journal had not been aggressive enough.

Colorado Newspaper Vows Defamation Suit After State Senator’s ‘Fake News’ Tweet
Jay Seaton, in a column published Saturday in The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, Colorado, called the insult “a false character assassination that can’t go unchallenged.”

Upheaval is now standard operating procedure inside the White House
Upset about damaging leaks, Trump has ordered an internal investigation to find the leakers. Staffers, meanwhile, are so fearful of being accused of talking to the media that some have resorted to a secret chat app — Confide — that erases messages as soon as they’re read.

Why these librarians are protesting Trump’s executive orders
“Libraries Are For Everyone.” That’s the message of a series of images created by Rebecca McCorkindale in the days after President Donald Trump announced the temporary travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. She never expected her signs of inclusion to go further than a handful of libraries.


Prominent Turkish journalist sentenced to jail for ‘terror propaganda’
Prominent Turkish journalist Hasan Cemal has been convicted on charges of conducting “terror propaganda” due to a 2016 article regarding one of the leading figures of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), receiving a suspended sentence of one year, three months in jail.

Venezuelan president says he wants CNN out of country just days after report on passports, visas being sold in Iraq
Venezuela’s President said on Sunday he wanted CNN out of the country, alleging it misrepresents the truth and meddles in issues that are not of its concern.

Indonesian Police to Investigate Violence Against Journalists
Jakarta Metro Police will investigate the alleged cases of violence conducted against Metro TV and Global TV journalists that happened during the 112 Rally at the Istiqlal Mosque on February 11, 2017.

Six Ivory Coast journalists arrested on suspicion of inciting mutiny
Six journalists in Ivory Coast have been arrested on suspicion of faking news which could incite soldiers to revolt, journalist associations said on Monday, just days after a mutiny.

Edward Snowden’s New Job: Protecting Reporters From Spies
Now, nearly four years later, Snowden has focused the next phase of his career on solving that very specific instance of the panopticon problem: how to protect reporters and the people who feed them informa­tion in an era of eroding privacy.

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