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Federal judge rejects the city of Elkhart’s effort to force the South Bend Tribune to turn over records of its reporting on a wrongful conviction in a 1996 robbery and shooting. Kentucky House panel expands the scope of a bill to weaken the state’s Open Records Act in an effort to shield the legislature’s documents from public view and from record requests. New report by the Columbia Journalism Review reveals widespread misunderstanding of how journalism, and reporting, works. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

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


Judge Rejects City of Elkhart’s Subpoena Seeking Records from South Bend Tribune
A federal judge this week rejected the city of Elkhart’s attempt to force the South Bend Tribune to turn over records of its reporting on Keith Cooper, the Illinois man who is suing the city over his wrongful conviction in a 1996 robbery and shooting.

Expert: Kentucky Lawmakers Take ‘a Wrecking Ball’ to Open Records Act with House Bill
A Kentucky House panel vastly expanded the scope of a bill to weaken the state’s Open Records Act, adding new sections that would help the legislature shield its own documents from public view and limit the right to file records requests to residents.

Poll: How Does the Public Think Journalism Happens?
For decades, we’ve known that Americans don’t trust the press. What we haven’t known is how people view the makings of journalism. … This new national poll for CJR answers those questions, and points to how big the trust gap remains.

TikTok Hit with Record Fine for Collecting Data on Children
The FTC said its investigation of Musical.ly had “uncovered disturbing practices, including collecting and exposing the location” of young children. Despite receiving thousands of complaints from parents, the company failed to comply with requests to delete information about underage children and held onto it longer than necessary.


Social Media Fake News Fans Tension between India and Pakistan
With India and Pakistan standing on the brink of war this week, several false videos, pictures, and messages circulated widely on social media, sparking anger and heightening tension in both countries.

Opinion: The Intimidation of Jorge Ramos Should Shake Mexico out of Its Venezuela Delusions
“Ramos and his cameraman … are both Mexican citizens whose rights as journalists were summarily violated. … It is up to López Obrador to finally take a stand against Maduro’s abuses. Unfortunately, the region should not hold its breath.”

Men Jailed for 19 Years after Stabbing Hong Kong Journalist Kevin Lau Lose Sentence Appeal
“For a journalist who is quiet and peaceable in disposition, and whose only enemies are likely to be those whom he has offended in the course of his work, the conclusion that Lau was attacked precisely because of his profession is, given all the circumstances of the case, inevitable,” the appeal judges wrote.

Limiting Your Digital Footprints in a Surveillance State
To protect himself and his sources from prying eyes in China, Paul Mozur, a technology reporter in Shanghai, leaves just an “innocent trace” of digital exhaust.

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