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Young people rally nationwide advocating for gun control; Parkland survivor Emma González speaks volumes with silence–and is shown tearing up the Constitution in faked photo circulating on social media. Stormy Daniels tells 60 Minutes that she was worried about her safety when she agreed to a $130,000 deal for her silence about an alleged affair with Donald J. Trump just before the election. Washington Post looks at the weight of Trump administration denials of otherwise well-sourced information. Facebook takes out full-page newspaper ads in the United States and United Kingdom to apologize for a “breach of trust” with users’ personal data. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


Emma González’s Stunning Silence for Parkland: The Latest on March for Our Lives
Since 17 people were killed by a gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, students around the country—following the lead of survivors in Parkland, Florida—have walked out of classrooms to protest gun violence, lobbied lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation, and planned Saturday’s mass demonstration.

People Are Sharing A Fake Picture Of A Parkland Survivor Tearing Up The Constitution
As Emma González and hundreds of thousands rallied at events across the United States, on the internet, a fake photo claiming to show González tearing apart the Constitution was beginning to make the rounds. The original photo and GIF depict González tearing apart a shooting target poster, not the U.S. Constitution.

Fear of Trump Kept Stormy Daniels Silent, She Tells ‘60 Minutes’
Daniels’s concern was based on a threat she received in 2011 from a man who approached her in Las Vegas. She said the threat came after she sold her story about Mr. Trump for $15,000 to Bauer Publishing. Her appearance on 60 Minutes showed that the effort to keep her story from public view had failed spectacularly.

Scoop. Denial. Scoop confirmed. That’s business as usual for writers covering the Trump White House.
Trump’s administration has been strewn with denials of stories that eventually came to pass. In many instances, the news isn’t “fake”—just inconvenient and ill-timed for the White House. That’s why some White House reporters view the administration’s denials of otherwise well-sourced information with skepticism.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg says sorry in full-page newspaper ads
“I promise to do better for you,” said Zuckerberg. The ads, featuring black text on a white background with the Facebook logo, said the social media company was now “limiting the data apps get” when users sign in, and was also “investigating every single app that had access to large amounts of data before” it fixed the problem.


Ethiopia Arrests a Dozen Opposition Activists Over Flag Display *PEN Case List
The activists, which included some previously freed detainees, were arrested after they displayed a flag that differs from the official national banner. Those arrested include journalist Eskinder Nega, four members from the opposition Blue Party, and three members of the Zone 9 blogging collective.

Mexico: New journalism award honours those covering rights abuses
The Breach-Valdez award recognises those “defending human rights” and aims “to provide visibility to those fighting against impunity and the systemic violence which is exercised against journalists.” Since 2000, more than 100 journalists have been murdered in Mexico, considered the most dangerous place to be a journalist in 2017.

Malaysia proposes jail for up to 10 years, fines for ‘fake news’
Under the Anti-Fake News 2018 bill, anyone who publishes so-called fake news could face fines of up to 500,000 ringgit ($128,140), up to 10 years in jail, or both. The government defined fake news as “news, information, data and reports which is or are wholly or partly false” and included features, visuals and audio recordings.

Egypt says expelled British reporter had expired credentials
The State Information Service said in a statement that The Times of London correspondent Bel Trew, expelled after being threatened with military trial, also covered Egypt unfairly and published false information. The move comes as part of a heavy crackdown on media ahead of this week’s presidential election.

Democracy takes a step back in Indonesia
In what activists say is a worrying example of democratic back-sliding–and an apparent dislocation in the law-drafting process–the House of Representatives recently passed an amendment to the 2014 Legislative Institutions Law, or MD3, which effectively protects the country’s politicians from public criticism.

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