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In a reversal of internet giants’ longstanding insistence on autonomy and freedom from liability, Mark Zuckerberg asks regulators and lawmakers to step in, creating rules to protect against harmful content and privacy threats. (See PEN America’s recent report, Truth on the Ballot, for more on the subject.) Associated Press Stylebook changes its reporting guidelines on race to advise journalists against using euphemisms when describing incidents that display racial bias. As Apple News+ launches, media considers the consequences of ‘all-you-can-read’ subscription and the future of news consumption. Legal and constitutional expert lays out a path for the U.S. to investigate and prosecute the murder of Jamal Khashoggi on a constitutional basis. (See more about PEN America’s advocacy for accountability in the Khashoggi case.) -Nora Benavidez, Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs

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


Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet Needs New Rules. Let’s Start in These Four Areas.
“Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree. I’ve come to believe that we shouldn’t make so many important decisions about speech on our own. So we’re creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions. We’re also working with governments … on ensuring the effectiveness of content review systems.”

If It’s Racist, Call It Racist: Associated Press Stylebook Changes Guidelines for Journalists
The AP Stylebook, a manual widely used by journalists at many news outlets, including NBC News Digital, has changed its entry on race, advising reporters and editors against the use of ambiguous terms such as “racially charged” and “racially motivated” to describe incidents that display racial bias.

Apple News+ Is Great for Magazine Lovers, But It’s Not the Future of News
“If Apple had found a way to integrate daily news, longer-form magazine stuff, and maybe even podcasts and video into a single place with a superior consumption experience, I could see it being worth the price of a Spotify subscription. I suspect that’s what Apple is working toward. As it is now, though, News+ feels like a product several years too late.”

Opinion: How the U.S. Could Prosecute Jamal Khashoggi’s Killers
“Extraterritorial jurisdiction may be appropriate, for instance, where a crime offends the vital interests of the prosecuting state. The murder of a prominent journalist writing for a U.S. newspaper is a prime example of the sort of “censorship abroad” that … undermines freedom of speech and the press here in the United States.”


Nigerian Journalist Jones Abiri ‘Arrested by Armed Men’
Jones Abiri, editor and publisher of the Weekly Source newspaper, was accosted by armed men as he was meeting six colleagues at the Bayelsa Federated Newspaper Publishers Association on Saturday, witnesses said.

Algerian Authorities Expel Reuters Journalist
Algerian authorities expelled Reuters journalist Tarek Amara on Sunday after he was arrested for covering a protest against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Amara was detained on Saturday after an official source denied a Reuters report stating that about one million people participated in a large anti-government protest on March 29 in which Algerians urged Bouteflika and his inner circle to step down.

Ahead of Indian Elections, Facebook Cracks down on Fake Accounts Peddling Politics
Facebook deleted hundreds of pages and accounts days before the start of India’s national elections, saying they were part of a coordinated effort to mislead its users. The most popular page removed—the India Eye—had more than 2.5 million followers and provided a steady stream of content favoring the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Singapore Isn’t Waiting for Facebook to Crack down on Fake News
Singapore’s new measures will require online sites to show corrections to false or misleading claims and take down falsehoods, according to a bill tabled in Parliament. Account restriction directions can be issued to a platform to disable a fake account or bot that spreads a falsehood undermining the public interest.

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