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House votes along party lines to condemn President Trump’s tirade against four Democratic Congresswomen of color as racist. While defending the president’s perspective to journalists, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway asks a reporter, ‘What’s your ethnicity?’ Year-long effort by the Washington Post and the Charleston Gazette-Mail to gain access to a federal government database comes to fruition, revealing gargantuan scale of the opioid crisis. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

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

U.S.

House Condemns Trump’s Attack on Four Congresswomen as Racist
The House voted on Tuesday to condemn as racist President Trump’s attacks against four congresswomen of color, but only after the debate over the president’s language devolved into a bitterly partisan brawl that showcased deep rifts over race, ethnicity, and political ideology in the age of Trump.
NEW YORK TIMES

Kellyanne Conway, Defending Trump, Demands to Know Reporter’s Ethnicity
White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway was asked about Trump’s racist tweets. When pressed by reporter Andrew Feinberg about which countries Trump was referring to, Conway responded, “What’s your ethnicity?”
VANITY FAIR

76 Billion Opioid Pills: Newly Released Federal Data Unmasks the Epidemic
Until now, the largest civil action in U.S. history, against companies implicated in the opioid crisis, has proceeded in unusual secrecy, with many filings and exhibits sealed under a judicial protective order. The Post and the Charleston Gazette-Mail’s publisher waged a year-long legal battle for access to the case’s documents and data.
WASHINGTON POST

Top Myanmar Generals Are Barred From Entering U.S. Over Rohingya Killings
The United States has imposed sanctions on a range of Myanmar’s top military figures for their roles in the atrocities carried out against Rohingya Muslims since 2017, Mike Pompeo announced. Pompeo said they were chosen “based on credible information of these commanders’ involvement in gross violations of human rights.”
NEW YORK TIMES  

Global

Malta: Three Charged for Murder of Investigative Journalist
Three suspects were formally charged on Tuesday over the 2017 murder of Maltese anti-corruption journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. The trio is accused of having planted and set off a bomb that exploded in Caruana Galizia’s car near the Maltese capital, Valletta, on October 16, 2017.
AL JAZEERA

Brazil Must Reveal Investigations into Journalist Glenn Greenwald, Court Says
Brazil’s top court has ordered the country’s justice ministry to reveal whether there are any investigations into the U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald, whose online news site has published material critical of Jair Bolsonaro’s administration.
GUARDIAN

Turkey Journalists and Activist Acquitted of Terrorism Charges *See PEN America’s statement calling for their acquittal here
A Turkish court has acquitted two journalists and a human rights activist of terrorism charges. Erol Onderoglu, Ahmet Nesin, and Sebnem Korur Fincanci were accused of spreading terrorist propaganda for their work with a Kurdish newspaper, which has since closed down.
BBC NEWS

No 10 Urges Iran to Let Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Family Visit
Downing Street has urged Iran to allow the family of Zaghari-Ratcliffe to visit amid fears that she is being tortured to sign a forced confession after she was moved to an isolated psychiatric ward. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, an employee of the Thomson Reuters foundation, was arrested in April 2016 and accused of spying.
GUARDIAN

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