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Federal prosecutors credit the Miami Herald newspaper’s investigative journalism in efforts to charge Jeffrey Epstein with sex trafficking. President Trump shares a quote falsely attributed to President Reagan on Twitter. Second Circuit court affirms district court ruling against President Trump, finding that the First Amendment does not allow a public official like the president to exclude people from his official Twitter account because they disagree with him. (See PEN America’s lawsuit against the president in defense of the First Amendment rights of the press who are targeted by the president for media coverage he dislikes.) Newspapers and media organizations react to climate crisis, from pooling resources to increase coverage to updating their style guides and tracking global carbon dioxide levels. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

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


Jeffrey Epstein Prosecutors Aided by ‘Excellent Investigative Journalism’
The Miami Herald’s managing editor, Rick Hirsch, told POLITICO that his paper’s November series, “Perversion of Justice,” advanced the Epstein story by giving “victims a voice” and that the effects were being seen now.

Trump Shares Fake Reagan Quote from Phony Twitter User
“For the life of me, and I’ll never know how to explain it, when I met that young man, I felt like I was the one shaking hands with a president,” Reagan is falsely quoted as saying about Trump. Months before the fake account shared the fake quote, it was debunked by Snopes in 2016.

Appeals Court Rules Trump Can’t Block People on Twitter
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that President Trump cannot block Twitter users from his official account, finding that the practice is discriminatory. (In the past he has blocked members of the press from viewing his tweets, and others whose words he dislikes.)

As the World Heats Up, the Climate for News Is Changing, Too
As Europe heats up, Greenland melts, and the Midwest floods, many news organizations are devoting more resources to climate change as they cover the topic with more urgency. “We’re not launching a campaign,” said Miami Herald executive editor Mindy Marques. “We’re launching information, knowledge.”


3 Journalists Detained outside Putin’s Residence
MBKh Media said the Federal Guard Service detained three of its reporters as they crossed into a protected area while filming a spot about residents awaiting relocation from decrepit housing in the Usovo settlement.

Russian Journalist Charged for ‘Controlling Minds’ with ‘1984’ Reference
Police in Russia’s republic of Sakha had accused Mikhail Romanov, a reporter for the Yakutsk Vecherniy weekly, of “affecting the human subconscious” with an article on the alleged torture of an academic. The authorities suspected that the article had tapped into readers’ subconscious.

Amal Clooney takes on case of persecuted Philippines journalist Maria Ressa
International lawyer Amal Clooney is to spearhead a team of global law experts providing assistance to Philippines journalist Maria Ressa. Clooney called Ressa “a courageous journalist who is being persecuted for reporting the news and standing up to human rights abuses.”

Europe Built a System to Fight Russian Meddling. It’s Struggling.
This year, the European Union launched an early-warning system that would sound alarms about Russian propaganda. Despite high expectations, however, records show that the system has become a repository for a mishmash of information, produced no alerts, and is already at risk of becoming defunct.

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