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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a notorious jailer of journalists, writers, academics, and government critics, continues to pressure Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. Guards shoot man who forced his way into a Washington, DC Fox news station. Misinformation and fraudulent news about migrant caravan abounds. Twitter blocks several additional infowars accounts, saying they represent attempts by the right-wing outlet to circumvent an earlier ban on Alex Jones. -Suzanne Nossel, Chief Executive Officer

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


Turkish President Says Murder of Jamal Khashoggi Was “Planned,” Calls for Extradition of Saudi Suspects
Erdogan said the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was a “planned” and “brutal” murder and called on Saudi Arabia to extradite 18 suspects to Turkey to face justice for the crime. Erdogan’s highly anticipated comments contradicted Saudi accounts that Khashoggi was killed during an argument inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Man Shot by Security Guard in Lobby of Fox 5 TV Station
A man who kicked his way through two plexiglass doors at the Fox 5 television station in Northwest DC was shot and wounded by a security guard yesterday. News media have been on higher alert after a gunman walked into the Annapolis office of the Capital Gazette newspapers in June and killed five staff members.

Fake News Follows Migrant Caravan’s Journey North
A row raging over the migrant caravan travelling towards the United States is being fuelled by misinformation and false statements online, including falsehoods about attacks on the Mexican police force, and that the caravan members’ journey is funded by the Democrats and George Soros.

Twitter Bans More InfoWars Accounts
A Twitter spokesperson said the company permanently suspended 18 accounts, in part, for attempting to help InfoWars and conspiracy theorist founder Alex Jones circumvent the ban placed in September, adding that the suspensions came after “numerous violations and warnings.”

Iowa Man Burns LGBTQ Children’s Books from Public Library to Protest Pride Festival
An Iowa public library is considering legal options after Paul Dorr checked out and burned the children’s books, saying he borrowed the “shameful and wicked” books to prevent them from being read during a Pride-themed story time. He posted the video just before the start of the second Orange City Pride in Sioux County.


Far from Empowering Young Women, the Internet Silences Their Voices
Online abuse is particularly bad for young women, who end up censoring themselves and withdrawing from public debate, according to European Institute for Gender Equality researcher Blandine Mollard, who added: “We thought the internet was an empowering space for young women. This has been a bit of a wake-up call.”

Author of Critical Book on Egypt’s Economy Arrested
Egyptian police arrested Abdul Khalik Farouk, author of a book about Egypt’s economy, on charges of publishing false news. His detention came days after reports that draft copies of his book, “Is Egypt Really a Poor Country?” which includes criticism of the government’s economic policies, were seized from a publisher.

Basketball and Happy Kids: The Photos of Xinjiang’s Detention Camps Beijing Wants the World to See
In the past two weeks, Beijing has changed its tune from denying the existence of detention camps—where as many as a million Uyghurs could be held—to presenting them as fun, educational, even voluntary places where people are merely learning new skills to improve their lives, amid growing international pressure.

Academics Demand Release of Matthew Hedges, Accused of “Spying” in the UAE
More than 100 academics from around the world have signed a petition demanding the release of a student charged with spying in the United Arab Emirates. Matthew Hedges, a PhD student at Durham University in the UK, was arrested on May 5 in Dubai and has reportedly been held in solitary confinement for five months.

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