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Lawmakers warn of the proliferation of ‘deepfakes,’ highly manipulated and realistic videos, ahead of 2020 elections. CNN and MSNBC decline to air yesterday’s White House press briefing live; it was the first briefing in 41 days. Apple rushes to fix privacy bug in FaceTime application that can turn on audio, and in some cases video, without users’ knowledge. Plainfield High School in Indiana allegedly bans school paper from covering incidents of sexual assault involving members of the student body. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

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

U.S.

Lawmakers Warn of ‘Deepfake’ Videos Ahead of 2020 Election
An increasing number of lawmakers are warning that a form of video manipulation, known as deepfakes, could be the next stage of information warfare ahead of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election.
CNN

CNN and MSNBC Snub Sarah Sanders’ First Briefing of 2019
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held her first briefing in 41 days, but two of the three major cable news networks—CNN and MSNBC—did not carry the session live.
MEDIAITE

Apple Rushes to Fix FaceTime Bug That Let Users Eavesdrop on Others
Apple has made the group functionality on its FaceTime application temporarily unavailable as it rushes to fix a glitch that allowed users to listen in on the people they were calling when they did not pick up the call.
THE GUARDIAN

A High School Allegedly Banned Students from Covering a Classmate’s Arrest
With many local newspapers downsizing, student journalists are picking up stories that otherwise might not get covered. … School officials say they’re right to censor controversial articles.
BUZZFEED NEWS

The Crisis Facing American Journalism Did Not Start with the Internet
“The internet is just one part of the story. Decades of sparse investment and enormous debt service left these companies exposed and hamstrung at a time when investment was needed, when mobile devices were changing the field.”
SLATE

 
Global

Australia Demands Release of Author Detained in China
Beijing says it is investigating a Chinese-Australian writer for alleged “involvement in criminal activities endangering national security.” In Australia, a prominent government MP is demanding that author Yang Hengjun be freed immediately.
VOICE OF AMERICA

Pakistani Woman Accused of Blasphemy Will Remain Free, Supreme Court Rules
A Christian woman who has been in hiding since Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned her blasphemy conviction last year, leading to violent protests and death threats, is apparently free to leave the country, after the court dismissed a challenge to its earlier ruling.
NEW YORK TIMES

Two Tripura Journalists Attacked by ‘Drug Peddlers’ in Sepahijala District
Two journalists were reportedly attacked by suspected drug peddlers in Sepahijala district of Tripura. An investigation has started. Nobody has been arrested so far.
TIMES OF INDIA

It’s Getting Harder to Report in China, Foreign Journalists Say
Increased surveillance and government interference with reporting amid a crackdown on Xinjiang’s Muslims fueled a “significant deterioration” in the work environment for correspondents in China last year, the country’s foreign journalists’ organization said.
BLOOMBERG

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