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Debate over fate of “Dreamers” heats up as Trump weighs options ahead of looming court deadline. New York Daily News is sold to tronc (formerly Tribune). New York Times Company aims to compete for philanthropic dollars and pursue donor-funded journalism. EPA targets AP reporter by name for critical coverage of Harvey.  -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director 

The most pressing threats and notable goings-on in free expression today


On DACA, President Trump Has No Easy Path
President Trump’s frenzied weekend search for an alternative to abruptly ending the program was a fitting finale to his anguished deliberations over DACA since he took office. Aides have portrayed it as a difficult emotional decision for the president.

The New York Daily News is sold to tronc, Inc.
Ending a quarter century as owner of the Daily News, publisher Mortimer B. Zuckerman sold media organization to tronc, a Chicago-based company with ambitions of reengineering the struggling newspaper industry for an electronic future.

NY Times Launches Philanthropy Initiative to Get Outside Funding for Journalism
The New York Times is launching a philanthropic arm that will allow the paper to seek outside support for its journalism. Deputy Managing Editor Janet Elder will lead the initiative, which will also likely partner with student journalists and local news teams.

Trump’s EPA attacks AP reporter in personal terms
The Environmental Protection Agency excoriated an Associated Press reporter in unusually personal terms after the reporter wrote a story that cast the agency in an unfavorable light.

The Russian Company That Is a Danger to Our Security
The Kremlin hacked our presidential election, is waging a cyberwar against our NATO allies and is probing opportunities to use similar tactics against democracies worldwide. Why then are federal agencies, local and state governments and millions of Americans inviting this threat into their cyber networks and secure spaces?


Chinese VPN vendor jailed for selling software that let people bypass the ‘Great Firewall’
China’s Supreme Court sentenced a VPN vendor to nine months in prison for creating and offering customers software to bypass the “Great Firewall”– a series of cybersecurity laws and measures that impose severe restrictions on what citizens can and cannot do online.

Palestinian security forces detain Palestinian activist over Facebook post
Palestinian security forces detained prominent human rights activist Issa Amro after he posted comments on Facebook criticizing Palestinian forces for arresting a journalist who also criticized the Palestinian Authority.

Hong Kong activists fear Chinese anthem law is latest curb on freedom
A new law set to be passed by China’s parliament would criminalise any action that mocks the national anthem with 15 days in jail. It places a host of restrictions on the song including barring it from use in ads, at funerals or as background music.

Cambodia’s opposition leader charged with treason
Kem Sokha has been formally charged with treason for allegedly conspiring with the United States to topple the government, and could face up to 30 years in prison. His arrest came amid a crackdown on the media.

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