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Following a ProPublica report, Customs and Border Patrol officials say they will investigate a Facebook group in which its employees posted hateful, racist, and anti-immigrant content regularly. Google tweaks its algorithm to counter misinformation on mass shootings in the United States. Madison, WI-based bookstore launches #BookstoresAgainstBorders campaign in support of immigrants’ and asylum seekers’ rights, in response to reports of inhumane conditions at detention centers. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

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

U.S.

Inside the Secret Border Patrol Facebook Group Where Agents Joke about Migrant Deaths and Post Sexist Memes
The three-year-old group, which has roughly 9,500 members, shared posts degrading migrants, expressing indifference to deaths in their custody, and making derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers who planned to visit a controversial Texas detention facility.
PROPUBLICA

Google Tweaked Algorithm after Rise in U.S. Shootings
Misinformation is so common after mass shootings that Google has had to tweak its algorithm to compensate, Pandu Nayaka, a senior search engineer for 14 years at the company, told the Guardian.
GUARDIAN

Madison Bookstore Launches #BookstoresAgainstBorders Fundraiser
“I feel furious, I feel helpless,” said Gretchen Treu, the co-owner of A Room of One’s Own bookstore and purchaser of Madison. “I’m certainly not celebrating. To think of children very like mine living in the conditions we’re seeing … in the supposed ‘land of the free.’ … I can’t keep doing only what I have been doing.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Want Kids to Learn the Joy of Reading? Barbershops and Laundromats Can Help
At dozens of barbershops and laundromats across the United States, the sound of children reading aloud mingles with the buzz and snip from barbers’ tools or the din of washers. Makeshift shelves and crates hold books featuring cartoon characters, stories about pigeons or the capers of superheroes.
NEW YORK TIMES

 
Global

Hong Kong Protests: Chinese State Media Cover Demonstrations for First Time after Month of Censorship
Footage aired in China on Tuesday of the protests in Hong Kong for the first time since demonstrations began more than a months ago. Chinese government censors have been working hard to erase or block news of the unrest, wary that any large public rallies could inspire protests on the mainland.
THE TELEGRAPH

Video: Anti-Corruption Journalist Cheered by Russians’ Support
Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov was arrested last month on drug-dealing charges. Days later, following a public backlash, the charges were dropped and he was freed. He tells BBC Russian the anger triggered by his treatment shows that ordinary Russians are “tired of injustice.”
BBC NEWS

Halya Coynash: Russia Ordered to Pay Ukrainian Journalist Huge Damages
A Ukrainian court has ordered Russia to pay over 1 million UAH (around 34 thousand EUR) in moral compensation to Anna Andriyevska, a journalist forced to flee Crimea because of Russia’s invasion and who is now in absentia facing persecution by the FSB for an article.
KYIV POST

Turkish Journalists in the Crosshairs
There are 142 journalists currently behind bars in Turkey. Most are detained under a two-year state of emergency imposed after the 2016 failed coup. The government says nobody was arrested for work as a journalist, but Reporters Without Borders says violence against the media often goes without punishment or even criticism.
GULF NEWS

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