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More than 100 news outlets nationwide plan to publish editorials this week addressing President Trump’s ongoing attack on journalism in a project led by the Boston Globe. Outgoing UN human rights commissioner says the president’s rhetoric comes “very close” to an incitement to violence that could lead journalists to self-censors or prompt attacks. As white nationalists conduct what turn out to be very small rallies outside the White House and in Charlottesville, VA., debates develop on how much news coverage racists should get. New York City’s mayor says Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News and other media outlets have right to exist, but should be called out for fueling hatred and promoting the Trump administration. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


More Than 100 U.S. Newspapers Plan Editorials Decrying Trump Media Attacks
More than 100 newspapers across the U.S. will publish coordinated editorial responses to president Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the media on Thursday. The campaign has been organised by the Boston Globe.

UN Human Rights Chief: Trump’s Attacks on Press ‘Close to Incitement of Violence’
Donald Trump’s anti-press rhetoric is “very close to incitement to violence” that would lead to journalists censoring themselves or being attacked, outgoing UN human rights commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has said.

Rally by White Nationalists Was Over Almost Before It Began
After weeks of hype, white supremacists managed to muster just a couple of dozen supporters in the nation’s capital for the first anniversary of their deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., finding themselves greatly outnumbered by counterprotesters, police officers and representatives of the news media.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio blasts Rupert Murdoch and Fox News
De Blasio said that the news outlets run by Murdoch — including Fox News and The New York Post — “put race front and center, and they try to stir the most negative impulses in this country.” He added that he defends News Corp’s “right to exist,” but believes that Murdoch’s news outlets should be called out for their political agendas.

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so. The privacy issue affects some two billion users of devices that run Google’s Android operating software.


Wife of Jailed Reuters Journalist in Myanmar Gives Birth *PEN Case List
The wife of imprisoned Reuters journalist Wa Lone, who is facing up to 14 years in jail in Myanmar for allegedly violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, gave birth to a girl on Friday.

Tasting Freedom: Liu Xia Regains Her Health as She Settles into New Life in Germany *PEN Case List
The health of Liu Xia, the 57-year-old artist and widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, has significantly improved nearly a month after she arrived in Germany following her release from almost eight years of house arrest in China.

German Student David Missal Expelled from China after Making Human Rights Film
German journalism student David Missal has been denied a new Chinese visa to complete his studies at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University after he made a film about the country’s persecution of human rights lawyers.

Al Jazeera’s Mahmoud Hussein Spends 600th Day in Egyptian Prison
It has been 600 days since Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein was arrested and jailed in Egypt without charge. Egyptian authorities accused the Qatar-based news producer of broadcasting false news and receiving foreign funds to defame state institutions.

Google Censorship Plan is “Not Right” and “Stupid,” Says Former Google Head of Free Expression
Google’s former head of free expression issues in Asia has slammed the internet giant’s plan to launch a censored search engine in China, calling it a “stupid move” that would violate widely held human rights principles.

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