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Trump administration issues revised travel ban, with more countries’ citizens barred indefinitely from entering the United States. Following the cancellation of the “Free Speech Week” events at UC Berkeley, right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos appears on campus anyway. Athletes protesting injustice by kneeling to the national anthem draw sharp reactions from fans, highlighting cultural divisions. –Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Coordinator

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


New Order Indefinitely Bars Almost All Travel From Seven Countries
Officials described the new order as a more targeted effort than the president’s earlier one. Each of the countries will be under its own set of travel restrictions, though most citizens of the countries will be unable to emigrate to the United States permanently and will be barred from coming to work, study or vacation in America.

Yiannopoulos Appears at UC Berkeley as ‘Free Speech Week’ Sputters Out
Yiannopoulos, a former Breitbart News columnist, showed up around noon on the campus, gave autographs, took selfies and chatted with supporters. He did not give a formal speech—nor did any of the other promised speakers.

Defying Trump, Athletes Intensify Debate on Race and Protest
Mr. Trump has a long record of wielding racial and cultural divisions to his advantage to distract from his political agenda or from problems he’s prefer the news media not cover. His statements this weekend, for instance, drew attention away from a flagging effort by Senate Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The civil rights and Vietnam protests changed America. Today, they might be illegal.
It’s not just problems on college campuses where high-profile speakers haven’t been allowed to talk. It’s not just what happened in Charlottesville, where a counterprotester was run over and killed. An insidious problem is developing in states where legislatures are considering new laws that restrict free speech.


The Syrian Regime Threatened Two Women Before They Were Killed, Relatives Say
Orouba Barakat was known as an outspoken Syrian activist and had devoted herself to the cause of the opposition after the revolution in 2011. According to Turkish media reports, she had been investigating allegations of torture in prisons run by the Assad regime.

Kyrgyz Journalist Jailed For A Different Definition Of God
The SCNS assembled a panel of religious experts to review Sapanov’s book and these experts concluded that Sapanov’s writing did constitute incitement of religious hatred. A case was filed with the Prosecutor-General’s Office with the prosecution initially demanding Sapanov be imprisoned for six years.

Hindustan Times Editor’s Exit Preceded by Meeting Between Modi, Newspaper Owner
Shobhana Bhartia had been fending off pressure for some time over Bobby Ghosh’s editorial leadership. Arguments over his citizenship also took place, but objecting to Ghosh because of his passport could be sold as ‘nationalism’ whereas targeting his editorial direction would be seen as an attack on media freedom.

68 Things You Cannot Say on China’s Internet
Despite the efforts of censors, the internet is the most freewheeling of China’s mass media, a platform where artists could reach audiences largely free of traditional controls on broadcasting, publishing, cinema and stage. But the new restrictions reflect an ambitious effort by President Xi Jinping’s government to rein in the web.

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