DARE: Daily Alert on Rights and Expression
A new Vanity Fair/60 Minutes poll shows a sharp partisan split on the value of press freedom. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales moves to take on fake news by joining the forces of professional and citizen journalists. The State Department website’s promotion of Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort draws fire, prompting takedown. University of California at Berkeley conservative student groups file suit against administration over planned campus appearance by author Ann Coulter. And the City of New Orleans removes the first of many confederate monuments.
-Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director
DARE: Daily Alert on Rights and Expression
PEN America’s take on today’s most pressing threats to free expression
How Deeply Do Americans Distrust Mainstream Media Really?
A Vanity Fair/60 Minutes poll investigates the public’s opinion on the president versus the press, finding that 86% of Democrats and 61% of Republicans believe freedom of the press to be necessary.
Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales Launching New Site to Tackle Fake News
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is launching a crowd-funded news service to help combat fake news. The internet entrepreneur has created Wikitribune, a news initiative which says it will see professional journalists and community contributors produce “fact-checked, global news stories”.
State Department Removes Webpage Featuring Trump’s For-Profit Club, Mar-A-Lago
An article on a State Department website about President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort has been removed after criticism that it was an inappropriate use of taxpayer funds. Critics complained that resources were being used to tout the for-profit club, which Trump refers to as the Winter White House.
Conservative Groups Sue Berkeley Over Ann Coulter Cancellation
Days after UC Berkeley canceled an appearance by Ann Coulter, two conservative organizations filed a federal lawsuit accusing the university of trying to “to restrict conservative speech” on campus. The legal action came after the university canceled the appearance after threats by anarchist groups threatened security on campus.
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First of New Orleans’s Confederate Monuments Comes Down
Early this morning, with a large number of New Orleans Police Department officers standing watch, city contractors wearing bulletproof vests and masks to hide their identities dismantled the first of four Confederate monuments slated for relocation in New Orleans.
Italian Reporter Freed From Turkish Jail After Two-Week Detention
Italian journalist, Gabriele Del Grande, who had been detained for two weeks in Turkey, has returned home. Turkish authorities had alleged that he had entered an area near the Syrian border without permission. The documentary-maker, who has written about refugees in the past, said he felt that his detention had been unlawful.
Cameroon Jails Journalist Over Boko Haram Allegations
In a ruling that human rights groups called “outrageous”, a court in Cameroon has sentenced Ahmed Abba, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale, to ten years in prison after he was convicted for “non-denunciation of terrorist acts” and “laundering the proceeds of terrorist acts.” .
US Deports Colombian Official Wanted in Aggravated Psychological Torture of a Journalist
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently deported a former Colombian director of intelligence who was wanted in the aggravated psychological torture of a journalist, unlawful wiretapping and other crimes. Enrique Ariza Rivas, 49, was a member of the now-dissolved Administrative Department of Security in Colombia.
How Journalism Became a Crime in Turkey
With the April 16 referendum, Turkey took its first step into a new era. It is a step toward institutionalizing a populist model of governance that will open new ground for violations and tensions in vital areas such as supremacy of law and freedom of speech as they relate to opposition and the media.
When Words Spell Danger
Six writers dedicated to pursuing freedom of expression, sometimes under threat of harassment, detention, torture, and even death, spoke last Wednesday at Harvard. Yet despite the risks attached to their work, the scholars, authors, and activists from Cuba, Ethiopia, Syria, Cambodia, and Nigeria agreed that writing is their life force.