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The Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election may be a bestseller, but even some members of Congress say they haven’t read it; Insider hires author Mark Bowden and illustrator Chad Hurd to produce a condensed, graphic version. Twitter introduces new rules prohibiting language that ‘dehumanizes’ others on the basis of religion. Yahoo investigation reports Russian intelligence planted fake claim in the death of Democratic National Committee staff member Seth Rich and that Fox News fueled the baseless conspiracy theories despite lack of evidence. British ambassador to the U.S. resigns after news organization publishes leaked confidential diplomatic cables about the Trump administration and the president derides him on Twitter. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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

U.S.

Insider: We Hired the Author of ‘Black Hawk Down’ and an Illustrator from ‘Archer’ to Adapt the Mueller Report so You’ll Actually Read It
“Buried within the Mueller report, there is a narrative that reads in parts like a thriller, like a comedy, like a tragedy—and, most important—like an indictment. The facts are compelling … [and come] from Trump’s own handpicked colleagues and associates. The story just needed to be rearranged in a better form.”
INSIDER

Twitter Backs Off Broad Limits on ‘Dehumanizing’ Speech
“While we have started with religion, our intention has always been and continues to be an expansion to all protected categories,” Jerrel Peterson, Twitter’s head of safety policy, said in an interview. “We just want to be methodical.”
NEW YORK TIMES

Exclusive: The True Origins of the Seth Rich Conspiracy Theory. A Yahoo News Investigation.
In the summer of 2016, Russian intelligence agents secretly planted a fake report claiming that DNC staffer Seth Rich was gunned down by assassins working for Hillary Clinton, giving rise to a notorious conspiracy theory that captivated conservative activists and was later promoted from inside Trump’s White House.
YAHO NEWS

British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch Resigns after Trump Criticism
After several days of intense criticism by President Trump, who called the British ambassador to Washington a “pompous fool” and said his administration would no longer work with him, Kim Darroch resigned his post.
WASHINGTON POST

 
Global

Media Watchdogs Slam ‘Brazen Censorship’ by Pakistan
Media rights watchdogs condemned the suspension of three Pakistani television news channels for airing an opposition leader’s press conference as “brazen censorship,” calling the move indicative of “disturbing dictatorial tendencies.”
AL JAZEERA

Tibetan Filmmaker Pema Tseden on Self-Censorship and Chinese Art-House Film
“When I looked at those films that purported to represent my ethnic group, I saw a lot of problems, like in the details of their depictions of everyday Tibetan life. I found them very unsatisfactory, and I knew that if I were to make a film about my own culture one day, my film would be very different.”
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

5 Moscow Police Officials Fired over Investigative Journalist’s Arrest
Five officials in Moscow’s police department have been dismissed over last month’s arrest and subsequent release of investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, a letter by the head of Moscow’s Interior Ministry said.
MOSCOW TIMES

Media Watchdog Visited Saudi Arabia Seeking Journalists’ Release, Amid Khashoggi Uproar
Global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday it had visited Saudi Arabia to seek freedom for 30 jailed journalists amid sustained Western criticism of Riyadh following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
KFGO

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