After seeming to equate the US with a Russia where political opponents are killed and attacking a “so-called” federal judge for his ruling on the Muslim travel ban, President Trump starts the week by tweeting that any critical poll results must be “fake news.’’ Super Bowl ads seem to carry potent political messages, and Saturday Night Live takes on the presidential press secretary and his weaponized podium.
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U.S.

Journalist faces charges after arrest while covering Dakota Access pipeline protest
A journalist arrested in a sweep of a “rogue” protest camp near the Standing Rock reservation is facing criminal charges from North Dakota authorities.
LOS ANGELES TIMES

Australia’s chief scientist compares Trump to Stalin over climate censorship
Australia’s chief scientist has slammed Donald Trump’s attempt to censor environmental data, saying the US president’s behavior was comparable to the manipulation of science by the Soviet Union.
THE GUARDIAN

Sean Spicer hits back after ‘mean’ SNL parody
Sean Spicer has responded after the world laughed at a parody of him on Saturday Night Live performed by Melissa McCarthy.
THE TELEGRAPH

Trump blasts polls: Americans ‘want border security and extreme vetting’
President Donald Trump on Monday said the American people “want border security and extreme vetting,” decrying “negative polls” that suggest otherwise as “fake news”.
POLITICO

Milo Yiannopoulos, Hate Speech, and Campus Protest: A Primer
In a season of political polarization and frayed nerves on university campuses, the college appearances of right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos have become a persistent flashpoint.
THE HUFFINGTON POST

 
Global

In Germany, a Syrian Refugee Sues Facebook Over Fake News Posts
Anas Modamani is seeking to prevent Facebook from allowing users to repost the image of his 2015 selfie with Chancellor Angela Merkel after the image repeatedly showed up in fake news reports.
NEW YORK TIMES

South African Parliamentary journalists ‘very alarmed’ over new security
The Parliamentary Press Gallery Association is very alarmed at the planned restrictions of movement aimed at journalists at the State of the Nation Address.
NEWS 24

Indian Politician’s Brother Thrashes Journalist For Unfavorable Story
A politician’s brother has been caught on camera thrashing a journalist in public for allegedly writing a story against him.
NEWS 18

Belarus poised to extradite Israeli blogger to Azerbaijan
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko announced Sunday that Israeli-Russian travel blogger Alexander Lapshin, who was arrested for illegally crossing into Belarus, will soon be extradited to Azerbaijan.
ISRAEL HAYOM

Uniform justice
For years, transgender university students in Thailand have been fighting for the right to wear the uniform of their chosen gender.
BANGKOK POST

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