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Report by UN Special Rapporteur says Saudi Arabia is responsible for journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder and says role of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman should be investigated. (See PEN America’s statement here.) Joy Harjo is named U.S. Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold the post. (Read the PEN Ten with Joy Harjo here.) Wednesday will be the 100th day without an on-camera White House press briefing. Parsing the definition of the words ‘concentration camp’ becomes part of the debate on detention centers at the southern U.S. border. Five New York 1 TV anchorwomen sue over age and gender discrimination. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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Joy Harjo Named U.S. Poet Laureate
The Library of Congress announced that Joy Harjo will be the next U.S. poet laureate. Harjo, who is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, is the first Native American poet to serve as laureate. She will begin her term on September 19.

Wednesday Is 100 Days without an On-Camera White House Press Briefing
“The previous record for no briefings was 42 days. The cancellation of the briefing has both symbolic and practical consequences. Practical because questions aren’t being answered. Symbolic because Trump and his aides are shutting out the press and giving permission for government agencies to do the same.”

Ocasio-Cortez Presses Case That U.S. Is Running ‘Concentration Camps’ at Border Amid Republican Outcry
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) pressed her case that the Trump administration is running “concentration camps” at the U.S.-Mexico border amid criticism from Republicans who said she was demeaning Jews exterminated in the Holocaust.

Five NY1 Anchorwomen Sue Cable Channel for Age and Gender Discrimination
Five anchorwomen at NY1, one of the country’s most prominent local news channels, sued the network on Wednesday over age and gender discrimination, alleging a systematic effort by managers to force them off the air in favor of younger, less experienced hosts.


UN Expert Urges Probe of Saudi Prince over Khashoggi Killing *PEN Case List: Learn More
An independent U.N. report into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said there is “credible evidence” to warrant further investigation into the possible role of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, suggesting sanctions on his personal assets.

An American Reporter Was Denied a Visa to China. She Said It’s Because She Criticized the Communist Party.
China has denied a journalist visa to Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, an American reporter who has written extensively on Chinese government influence issues in the United States. China’s government has historically used visas to keep out journalists and news organizations who engage in critical work.

Journalist in Russia’s Daghestan Sent to Pretrial Detention on ‘Financing Terrorism’ Charge
A court in Russia’s North Caucasus region of Daghestan has sent Abdulmumin Gadzhiyev, a reporter working for an independent newspaper, to pretrial detention after being accused of financing terrorism, a charge his editors call absurd.

A Library Thrives, Quietly, in One of Pakistan’s Gun Markets
Darra Adam Khel, located about 85 miles west of Islamabad, is best known for its sprawling weapons bazaar. But A local book lover, Raj Muhammad, hopes it becomes known as the home of the Darra Adam Khel Library. Located near a gun shop that his father built 12 years ago, the library opened in August, and Muhammad considers it a labor of love as well as a message to the area and the wider world.

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