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A California man is arrested for death threats against Boston Globe employees that included calling them “the enemy of the people.’’ Colin Kaepernick wins full hearing on his accusation that the NFL colluded to keep him off the field for instigating players protests during the national anthem. A judge denies conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s effort to dismiss defamation lawsuit brought against him and his website by parents of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim. As President Trump continues assault on the truthfulness of the press, campaign rally worker is photographed blocking the lens of a photographer trying to take pictures of a protester. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Office

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

U.S.

Man charged with making death threats to Boston Globe over Trump editorials
Robert Chain made more than a dozen threatening phone calls to the Globe’s newsroom between Aug. 10 and Aug. 22. On the day the editorials were published nationwide, Chain called the newsroom and threatened to shoot Globe employees, prompting a police response and increased security at the newspaper’s offices.
CBS NEWS

Colin Kaepernick’s Collusion Case Against the N.F.L. Will Advance
In a major blow to the N.F.L., Colin Kaepernick achieved a preliminary but important win in his case accusing the league of colluding to keep him off the field because of the player protests during the national anthem that he instigated.
NEW YORK TIMES

Alex Jones’ bid to throw out Sandy Hook defamation lawsuit denied
Each lawsuit seeks $1 million in damages for “a severe degree of mental stress and anguish” brought by Jones, who has claimed falsely that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax carried out by crisis actors.
CNN

Trump rally worker blocks lens as photojournalist tries to snap photo
During the president’s rally in Indiana, where Trump continued to ramp up his attacks against the news media, a man identified as a volunteer member of the president’s advance team can be seen blocking the lens of a photographer.
THE HILL

‘Totally dishonest’: Trump asserts only he can be trusted over opponents and ‘fake news’
Trump’s assertions—all on Twitter, some false, some without clear evidence—come just over nine weeks before the midterm elections that could help determine his fate, and they are bound by one unifying theme: All of his perceived opponents are peddling false facts and only Trump can be trusted.
WASHINGTON POST

 
Global

A news cameraman was shot to death in Cancun. Was it because of his profession?
Questions surrounding his killing highlighted the difficulties in determining exactly why some journalists are slain in Mexico, where reporters are regularly targeted because of the stories they publish, but where more general violence has also hit record levels.
LOS ANGELES TIMES

Australian arrested at Cambodian rally convicted of spying
Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, arrested after flying a drone to photograph a Cambodian opposition party rally last year, was convicted of spying and sentenced to six years in prison. Ricketson repeatedly insisted he had no political agenda and his work making documentary films was journalistic in nature.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nicaragua’s Embattled Government Tries To Silence Independent Media
International press organizations have criticized the government’s media attacks, which include torching a radio station, stealing equipment and cutting the transmission of nongovernmental TV channels.
NPR

As outrage grows, India’s top court places rights activists under house arrest
The arrests follow months of tensions between right wing nationalist groups and advocates of free speech that has played out in college campuses and spilled over into the streets. Critics also say several top journalists have been forced out of their jobs for their critical reporting of the government.
REUTERS

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