DARE: Federal Judge Will Rule on Brian Karem’s White House Press Pass
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Federal judge says he will rule soon on whether the White House can suspend Playboy correspondent and CNN analyst Brian Karem’s press access credential, suggesting decision will involve “a closer call’’ compared with previous case involving CNN correspondent Jim Acosta. (Read more about PEN America’s court filing in this case). YouTube Susan Wojcicki introduces four “Rs’ that she says represent the platform’s approach to responsibly preserving openness as the site continues to address hate-filled channels. Marquette University updates its demonstration policy to expand requirements for advance permission, raising concerns about free speech rights among some on campus. A doorbell-camera company develops video-sharing partnerships with police forces to give access to footage, a new territory for civil liberties questions.
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Federal Judge Will Rule on Brian Karem’s White House Press Pass by Next Week
A federal judge on Tuesday said he will rule late this week or early next on whether to block the White House from suspending Playboy correspondent and CNN political analyst Brian Karem’s hard pass. The White House told Karem earlier this month that it would suspend his pass following a Rose Garden confrontation with pro-Trump radio host Sebastian Gorka on July 11.
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Says YouTube Will Remain an Open Platform
In a blog directed at YouTube video creators, Wojcicki said that preserving an open platform is more important than ever, even if that sometimes means leaving up content that is “outside the mainstream, controversial or even offensive.” She also introduced four “Rs’ that represent the platform’s approach to preserving openness and emphasized that hearing a broad range of perspectives “ultimately makes us a stronger and more informed society.”
Marquette University in Wisconsin Requires Permission for On-Campus Protests
An updated demonstration policy adopted this past week by Marquette University expands the requirement for advanced university permission from students to also include faculty and staff. The policy raises questions about the spirit of the First Amendment on college campuses.
Doorbell-Camera Firm Ring has Partnered with 400 police forces, Extending Surveillance Reach
Ring has quietly forged video-sharing partnerships with more than 400 police forces across the U.S., granting them access to homeowners’ camera footage and a powerful role in what the company calls the nation’s “new neighborhood watch.” The partnerships let police automatically request the video recorded by homeowners’ cameras within a specific time and area.
The Washington Post Launches “Post Opinión,” a New Spanish-Language Opinions Section
Led by a team of editors based in Mexico City and Washington, Post Opinión will publish original columns and essays about the most relevant news and issues affecting Latin America, Spain, the U.S. and the rest of the world. They also intend to highlight stories that demand more attention than they usually receive.
Investigative Journalist Pays the Price for Expose in India
After Rana Ayyub’s book came out, she said she received death and rape threats online. Last year, someone on Twitter falsely quoted her as supporting child rapists and saying Muslims weren’t safe. Her phone number and address were posted online, as was a faked pornographic video.
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Yang Hengjun: Australian Writer Faces China Spying Charges
Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested on espionage charges in China after months of detention, Australia has confirmed. The Australian citizen has been held in Beijing since January under “harsh conditions.” (Read PEN America’s statement on the latest charges)
Bangladesh Top Court Drops ‘Virgin’ Status from Marriage Certificates
Marriage laws in the Muslim-majority country in South Asia had required a bride to state on her marriage certificate if she was a kumari–meaning virgin–a widow, or divorced. But the nation’s High Court ordered the government to remove the word kumari and replace it with “unmarried,” a move welcomed by women’s rights groups.
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South Sudan’s Ambassador Meets with Parents of Slain Journalist
The parents of Christopher Allen, a freelance journalist killed two years ago while covering fighting between government and rebel forces in South Sudan, met with the country’s ambassador to the United States. There is credible evidence to suggest Allen was deliberately targeted as a journalist. (Read our statement on this week’s vigils marking two years since Allen’s death)
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