Steve Bannon launches a tirade against the media, the President’s new “opposition,” while Trump called the Parks Service Chief wanting new and different photos of the inauguration. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

DARE: Daily Alert on Rights and Expression

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

U.S.

Donald Trump’s Assault on the Enlightenment
The new administration is looking to cut federal funding for arts and humanities education. It’s not cost savings; it’s an attack on reason itself.
FOREIGN POLICY

Trump Aide Stephen Bannon Says Media Should ‘Keep Its Mouth Shut’
Stephen Bannon ratcheted up the attacks on media, arguing that news organizations had been “humiliated” by the election outcome and repeatedly describing the media as “the opposition party” of the current administration.
NEW YORK TIMES

This Agency Is Trying To Remind Federal Workers They Still Have Rights
The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative agency, wants to remind federal employees of their rights.
HUFFINGTON POST

George Orwell’s 1984 sells out on Amazon
The seven-decade-old novel began its ascent at the start of the week, shortly after Donald Trump’s adviser Kellyanne Conway coined the term “alternative facts”.
INDEPENDENT

A top WH official told the media to ‘keep its mouth shut’. That’s a threat
Stephen Bannon is implying that what he would really like to do is discredit, censor and silence the press: to shut our mouths for us
THE GUARDIAN

 
Global

South African journalist shot in the face
Police suspect that the incident was part of an intimidation attack on SABC 8, the news organization she works for.
NEWS 24

Thailand’s Media Protests Law to ‘License’ All Journalists
A government bid to regulate the media by requiring every journalist nationwide to be licensed is closer to becoming reality as press associations sound the alarm it is a vehicle for censorship.
KHAOSOD

Media cuts are a threat to Canadian democracy, new report warns
The report offers a grim assessment of the rapidly changing landscape in Canadian media that has cost journalists their jobs and communities their newspapers.
THE TORONTO STAR

Is Cameroon persecuting its English speakers?
Opposition leaders have been arrested and the internet has been cut in English-speaking regions for more than a week.
AL JAZEERA

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