Transparency organizations file suit in an effort to force the Trump White House to disclose visitor logs. Daily Show comedian (and participant in PEN America’s M-Word series on Muslims in America) Hasan Minhaj will headline White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Passenger cell phone videos posted to social media help bring to light brutal new details of a man forcibly dragged off overbooked United Airlines flight this weekend. And the 2017 Pulitzers honor hard-hitting investigations into Trump’s lagging charitable contributions, Russia, and the Panama Papers. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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U.S.

Watchdogs Sue For White House Visitor Logs
A group of watchdog organizations is suing the Department of Homeland Security for refusing to release visitor logs from the White House, as well as President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and Trump Tower. The suit accuses the Secret Service of refusing several Freedom of Information Act requests to provide the information.
HUFFINGTON POST

Hasan Minhaj to Perform at White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner
Hasan Minhaj, a senior correspondent at “The Daily Show,” will be the featured performer at the dinner on April 29, the association said on Tuesday. Trump is skipping the festivities, the first president to do so since the 1970s, and his staff will boycott them, too.
THE NEW YORK TIMES

United Airlines Under Fire After Passenger Dragged From Plane; Officer Put On Leave
United Airlines sparked outrage on Monday for the treatment of a passenger who was physically dragged off a plane the airline had overbooked. Videos posted online showed a man screaming as officers yanked him from his seat before departure. One of the officers involved in the incident was placed on leave pending an investigation.
REUTERS

Journalist Who Exposed Donald Trump Charitable Claims and Revealed ‘Grab ’em By The Pussy’ Tape Wins Pulitzer
The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold has won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting, which included the revelation that Donald Trump had made false claims about his charitable fundraising as well as breaking the news of the tape in which the tycoon bragged about groping women.
THE INDEPENDENT

Bill Cosby’s ‘Little Bill’ Books Targeted For Censorship
Comedian Bill Cosby’s award-winning children’s books series has landed on the American Library Association’s list of top 10 books targeted for removal from school libraries. Cosby’s “Little Bill” books are believed to be the first time a title has been targeted solely for its author and not its content
CNN

 
Global

How Soviet Dissidents Ended 70 Years of Fake News
If the Soviet Union was the 20th century’s greatest example of a regime that used propaganda and information to control and contain its citizens, the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution is an important moment to appreciate how it also produced a powerful countercurrent in the civil society undergrounds of Moscow and Leningrad.
NEW YORK TIMES

Mexican Journalist’s Case Suggests Changes to Asylum Process under Trump
A Mexican reporter who sought asylum in El Paso after receiving death threats has been detained by federal officials despite having passed an initial test to determine whether he faces a “credible fear” back home. Such tactics are symbolic of a change under Trump where prolonged detention is the latest tool used to discourage people fleeing violence from seeking help in the United States.
TEXAS TRIBUNE

Iraqi Journalists Face Threats From ISIS, Armed Militias, and the State
As the conflict continues in Iraq, so do the threats against journalists and media workers. Because of its brutal tactics, ISIS has so far received extensive coverage for its violations committed against media and press freedoms. However, journalists in Iraq also face threats from armed militia groups and government authorities.
ADVOX

Ugandan Activist Charged over ‘buttocks’ Jibe against President
A prominent female academic and activist in Uganda was charged on Monday with cyber-harassment for calling President Yoweri Museveni a “pair of buttocks” in a Facebook post. Many advocates in the U.S. and abroad have criticized the arrest as an attack on free expression.
DAILY NATION

Graffiti booms in Streets of Ho Chi Minh City as Artists Push Back Against Official Censorship
For many in Vietnam, the spray can is a tool of rebellion – illicit spray-painting is a way of defying restrictions in an authoritarian country where artists must have their work approved before exhibitions, shows are routinely shut down, and works deemed controversial are replaced by a black ‘X’ on gallery walls.
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

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