By a slim majority in a vote under question, the Turkish president, architect of a far-reaching crackdown on journalists, academics, and other critics, gets broad new unilateral powers. A live streaming service is again the platform for a horrific act of violence. And President Trump again denigrates the legitimacy of protesters. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


Manhunt underway for Cleveland murder suspect who posted video of killing on Facebook
Cleveland, Ohio, police are searching for a suspect who they say killed an elderly man and uploaded the video to Facebook. In the video, which has since been removed from Facebook, the elderly victim can be seen raising his hands in an apparent attempt to ward off his attacker before he is shot once in the head.

Trump Calls for Investigation Into Tax Day Protesters, Tweets ‘Election Is Over!’
President Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday lashed out against citizens who’d taken to the streets to exercise their First Amendment rights. While claiming that thousands of people who on Saturday demanded Trump finally release his full tax returns were “paid” protesters, Trump tweeted, “The election is over!”

Trump’s CIA Director Pompeo, Targeting WikiLeaks, Explicitly Threatens Speech and Press Freedoms
The media reaction was disturbing after Trump’s CIA Director, Michael Pompeo, actually and explicitly vowed to target freedoms of speech and press in a blistering, threatening speech he delivered to the D.C. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Image of Trump Spurs Debate at Stanford
A professor says the university wouldn’t let her print an image of Donald Trump from the recording where he talked about assaulting women for an academic conference on Title IX. Amid growing attention to dispute, the university relented.

Great local reporting stands between you and wrongdoing. And it needs saving.
The knowledge and depth that comes with local reporting is in trouble as newspaper staffs decline across the country, with many companies struggling to stay solvent after the precipitous — and accelerating — decline in print advertising revenue.


Turkey’s democracy has died
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in a referendum on a new constitution that will make him far more powerful and will make Turkey less democratic and more bitterly divided.

Another journalist is gunned down in Mexico — the fourth in just six weeks
Another journalist has been killed in Mexico — the fourth in just six weeks. Authorities said reporter Maximino Rodriguez Palacios was shot dead outside of a shopping center Friday in La Paz, a coastal city in the state of Baja California Sur.

She broke the story of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. Now, she says she has to flee Russia.
The Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta is no stranger to hostility and controversy. Even so, the wave of threats now being made against the paper and its reporters, especially Elena Milashina and her colleague Irina Gordienko, comes as a shock even to those who work there.

Pakistan journalism student latest victim of blasphemy vigilantes
A 23-year-old journalism student in Pakistan has been killed by a vigilante mob over allegations of blasphemy. The brutal murder shocked many liberals who believe that state policies are emboldening religious fanatics.

Unknown gunmen kill journalist in Nigeria’s Bayelsa State
Famous Giobaro, a desk editor of the Bayelsa State-owned radio station, Glory FM 97.1, was shot dead in the early hours of yesterday by unknown gunmen. He was reportedly attacked in his house located, located in the state capital.

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