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Judge orders federal agencies to produce thousands of pages of documents on murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. President Trump lashes out at backlash against New York Times headline widely critiqued for poorly framing the president’s speech on the El Paso and Dayton attacks. The two attacks are reviving debate about limits of First Amendment-protected free speech in the United States, including with regard to the federal law that protects websites hosting hateful user-created content and lawmakers’ call for the owner of the 8chan online forum where the El Paso shooter posted to testify before Congress. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer
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Federal Judge Orders Release of Khashoggi Records by U.S. Government *PEN Case List: Find Out More
A judge in New York ordered federal agencies to produce thousands of pages of documents pertaining to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist and U.S. resident who was slain in his country’s consulate in Turkey last year.
Trump Lashes out after New York Times Amends ‘Bad’ Headline about His Response to Mass Shootings
Trump fired off a pair of tweets aimed at the New York Times after the paper changed a widely derided front-page headline on his remarks about two mass shootings. The president argued that the original wording was the “correct description.”
The El Paso Shooting Revived the Free Speech Debate. Europe Has Limits.
Even in the United States, First Amendment protections, while vast, are not without any restriction. Journalists, for instance, must routinely work within the bounds of libel and defamation laws, and, as the famous example goes, people are not necessarily free to falsely yell “fire” in a crowded theater.
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Congress Calls on 8chan Owner to Testify on Extremism after Mass Shootings
Lawmakers have called on the owner of 8chan, an online forum that amplifies the voices of violent extremists, to testify before Congress after the shooter in one of the weekend’s two massacres was believed to have posted on the website.
Opinion: Why Don’t Newsroom Diversity Initiatives Work? Blame Journalism Culture.
“Journalism, like other cultural institutions it covers, can turn the spotlight on itself to change for the better. It starts by acknowledging the white patriarchal perspective has been the default approach to hiring journalists of color, then scrutinizing them. We all have identities, but power dynamics often decide whether they are problems.”
Kashmir Journalists Struggle to Tell Their Stories Amid Clampdown
Restrictions on movement and a communications blackout for a third day in India-administered Kashmir have frustrated the region’s journalists, who call their struggle to get information about the disputed region out an “unprecedented” situation.
Sahara Reporters Journalist Released from Police Detention
The Nigeria Police Force has released Victor Ogungbenro, a journalist with Sahara Reporters. Ogungbenro and eight others were arrested for participating in the RevolutionNow protest in Lagos.
Turkish Government Destroys More Than 300,000 Books
Turkey’s education minister Ziya Selçuk announced that 301,878 books had been destroyed as the government cracks down on anything linked to Fethullah Gülen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is accused by Turkey of instigating 2016’s failed military coup. Gülen has denied involvement.
Freedom of Speech Exhibition in Japan Closed Due to Censorship
The exhibition After ‘Freedom of Expression?’, probing Japan’s history of censoring art as part of the 2019 Aichi Triennale in the city of Nagoya, was itself censored and shuttered just three days after its opening.
The Forbidden Images of the Chinese Internet
Behind China’s Great Firewall, the Tiananmen Square massacre did not happen, the ongoing Hong Kong extradition bill protests are incited by Western countries, and Winnie the Pooh doesn’t exist. While searchable keywords in plain text face automated deletion, digital images require more nuanced monitoring.
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