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A court orders a web company to meet a Justice Department demand for data on an anti-Trump website it hosts for an investigation of inauguration day protests. Responding to “fake news” accuser, Arizona Republic editor describes in detail how her journalists in fact stayed in harm’s way to report events accurately inside and outside the Trump rally in Phoenix, writing that protecting the First Amendment is the core of what they do and “for the public to have informed opinions, it must have information.’’ Trump confidant says impeachment effort would be met by “a spasm of violence … an insurrection like you’ve never seen.” – Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer


Judge orders tech company to release Web user data from anti-Trump website
DreamHost, which hosts the website Disruptj20.org, argued the federal search warrant still was too broad and would include information about people who visited the site but were not part of violent Inauguration Day rioting.

Arizona editor to readers on covering chaos after Trump rally: ‘That’s about as real as it gets.’
Editor Nicole Carroll heard from readers after Trump’s rally in Phoenix. One such email lauds the president for “not kowtowing to…the Fake News Media.” She describes how, as objects were thrown at police outside the rally and police fired back with pepper spray and tear gas, 17 Republic journalists covered the chaos.

Roger Stone predicts violent ‘insurrection’ if Trump is impeached
Stone, who worked in the Nixon administration during Watergate and through the president’s resignation, cautioned that times had changed and that the proliferation of gun ownership in the U.S. would come into play should Trump face formal charges. Stone has a history of forecasting violence for those opposing Trump.

Our left-right media divide told through Charlottesville
After violence erupted in Charlottesville, media coverage differed on what aspect of the event to cover. Politico looked at what partisan Twitter users shared during and after the events, and found a clear split in the story as told through partisan sources.

Ann Coulter, Milo Yiannopoulos, Stephen Bannon Are Invited to Speak at UC-Berkeley
Mr. Yiannopoulos and Ms. Coulter had previously been scheduled to speak at the campus this year, but both were called off over safety concerns and violent protests. In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, at least four universities have refused to host the white nationalist Richard B. Spencer, citing security risks.

What the power to block means for freedom of speech
Social media and website platforms assert that they are not media companies, or at least not “traditional” media. This distinction is important because technology platforms receive greater immunity regarding the content they serve, and do exert their control over content.


Activists Mark Two Years Since Filmmaker Sentsov’s Conviction In Russia *PEN Case List
Supporters of Crimean film director Oleg Sentsov, 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award honoree, are set to hold rallies in Ukraine to mark two years since his conviction in Russia following a trial that has drawn international condemnation.

Danish inventor denies killing journalist Kim Wall
Wall was a freelance journalist who had reported for the New York Times and the Guardian. Peter Madsen has been held in formal custody on suspicion of “negligent manslaughter”, and says Wall died in an accident on board a submarine he had built.

Information Minister denies waging war on critical media
Information Minister Khieu Kanharith denied that the government was trying to shut down outlets including the Cambodia Daily newspaper, Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, or targeting critical media outlets ahead of the upcoming election.

China Looks at Western Universities and Smells Weakness
Following pushback, Cambridge University Press announced that it would not censor articles from its Chinese website at the request of regulators there. But the incident is a warning to Western universities and publishing houses that they must reconsider how to engage with a China intent on censoring ideas at home and abroad.

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