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With inclusion and absences, Oscar ceremony reflects #MeToo movement brought forward by investigative journalism and women speaking out. Republican Congressman Devin Nunes calls Stephen Colbert’s jokes about him a “danger.” Infowars founder Alex Jones claims YouTube is planning to delete his channel. NewsGuard startup wants to rate the reliability of news sources for social media platforms. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


Don’t forget how the movement that changed Hollywood started: With great reporting
Following months of reporting by the Times and the New Yorker on Harvey Weinstein’s abuses, nothing is the same: not awards shows, not the corporate workplace, not national politics. And they could not have done it without the courage of the women who came forward with their appalling stories about Weinstein.

Rep. Devin Nunes Calls Colbert Memo Sketch a ‘Danger’ in the Country
Colbert went around Capitol Hill poking lawmakers for insight into the Trump-Russia investigation and produced his own spoof memo stating that “Devin Nunes is a [redacted].” The sketch was a reaction to the GOP-produced House intel memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance authority to spy on the Trump campaign.

As Advertisers Flee, Alex Jones Claims His YouTube Ban Will Come Today
Jones was reportedly one strike away from a total ban after using his channel to spread “crisis actor” theories about the survivors of a school massacre in Parkland, Florida. Jones announced on Saturday night that YouTube was planning on deleting his channel. But according to YouTube, that’s yet another fiction Jones cooked up.

This start-up wants to evaluate your news sources
“What we’re doing is no more and no less than telling people the difference between The Denver Post, which is a real newspaper, and The Denver Guardian, which broke a bunch of completely fake stories right before the election,” said Steven Brill, co-CEO of NewsGuard.


Slovak president urges sweeping changes over journalist Ján Kuciak’s murder
Slovakia’s president, Andrej Kiska, has said there was no way back for the government following the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée. Kuciak’s murder has shaken Slovakia, and has raised fresh concern about the state of media freedom and corruption in the country and Europe more generally.

Polish group sues Argentine paper under new Holocaust law
Just hours after the law took effect, the Polish League Against Defamation said it filed a complaint against Argentina’s Pagina 12 daily. In an article posted on its website on Saturday evening, Pagina 12 said in response, “If successful, this attempt at international censorship could threaten freedom of expression worldwide.”

Uzbek Opposition Journalist Released After 19 Years In Prison, Activist Says
According to human rights activist Ismoil Adilov, journalist Yusuf Rozimurodov was released on parole from a penal colony in the town of Chirchiq near Tashkent on February 22. Rozimurodov was an active member of opposition Erk (Freedom) party and wrote for the party newspaper.

Egypt detains 2 journalists reporting on historic tramway
Defense attorney Mohammed Hafez said the two Egyptian citizens face charges including belonging to an outlawed group and possession of visual and audio equipment with the intent to spread false news. Egypt has regularly detained, jailed, and prosecuted journalists under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Protests as Myanmar parliament debates new curbs on demonstrations
The amendments could bring three-year prison terms for those supporting, financially or otherwise, a demonstration that harms “security, rule of law and stability of the state, and the moral interests of the people.” Critics warn the changes could limit free speech and block legitimate protests.

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