This weekend, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet reflected on the challenges and opportunities for journalism under a Trump administration, and says the president’s attacks keep him accountable. Meanwhile, the resistance moves to the airwaves as left-leaning pundits and entertainers find their voice in the post-Trump world. And DAPL protests come home  as Native American activists march on Washington, calling on President Trump to respect Native rights.
-Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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NYT Executive Editor Says Trump’s Insults Help Media Keep Him Accountable
Trump’s attacks are, perhaps counterintuitively, breathing new life into journalism, according to New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet. He also said that since the election, there has been a rise in digitial subscriptions and audience.

For Solace and Solidarity in the Trump Age, Liberals Turn the TV Back On
Traditional television, a medium considered so last century, has watched audiences drift away for the better part of a decade. Now rattled liberals are surging back, seeking catharsis, solidarity, and relief.

Police falsely told a man he couldn’t film them
Uber driver and criminal attorney Jesse Bright was told by police that there was a new state law that prohibited him from recording police when he began filiming after being pulled over on a recent Sunday afternoon.

Native Nations Rise brings DAPL protest to Washington
Thousands of Native Americans led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have rallied in the US capital to protest against the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline and raise awareness of indigenous rights.

How the surveillance state threatens free speech
The most secure electronic systems cannot offer perfect privacy, but operate to obscure meaningful data better than the competition. It can also provide the government increased access to a citizen’s private life, habits, and private thoughts.


48 Activists And Journalists Detained Across Belarus During Marches
From Friday to Sunday, protests took place in Maladzechna, Pinsk, Brest, Babruisk, Vorsha and Rahachou. Before and after the events, the police and people in civilian clothes detained politicians, activists and journalists.

Ukraine’s fight against fake news goes global
In spring of 2014 professors and students launched, the first site to directly tackle and refute Russian propaganda. But it was only after last year’s presidential election in the U.S. that the site burst on to the global stage.

Disney withdraws Beauty & the Beast in Malaysia
The release in Malaysia of Walt Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast has been postponed “until further notice”, the country’s largest cinema chain announced on Monday, without giving a reason for postponing the film.

China’s internet censorship under fire – but proposal against controls gets censored
During this month’s meetings of the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, deputies and delegates criticised the central government’s tightening of internet restrictions.

Telegram was the app where Iranians talked politics. Then the government caught on
Telegram has helped quench Iranians’ thirst for online political expression in a country where Twitter and Facebook are banned. But leading up to Iran’s presidential election, Telegram is now seen by some as a force that’s stifling political speech.

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