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The New York Times issues apology after running anti-Semitic cartoon, amid critic statements that apology is not sufficient. New Washington Post count puts President Trump’s false or misleading statements at 10,111 in just 828 days in office. Second Circuit court rules that immigrant activist Ravi Ragbir’s advocacy is ‘core political speech,’ and it is ‘plausible’ he was targeted by ICE in retaliation for his speech against the agency. (See PEN America’s statement and friends of the court brief in support of Ragbir’s First Amendment rights.) White nationalist protesters interrupt author’s Politics and Prose address in Washington, D.C. -Nora Benavidez, Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs

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


New York Times Says It Is ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Running Anti-Semitic Cartoon
After a barrage of criticism, the New York Times said it was deeply sorry about publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a dog on a leash held by a blind President Donald Trump.

President Trump Has Made More Than 10,000 False or Misleading Claims
Trump’s penchant for repeating false claims is demonstrated by the fact that The Fact Checker database has recorded nearly 300 instances when the president has repeated a variation of the same claim at least three times. He also now has earned 21 “Bottomless Pinocchios,” claims that have earned Three or Four Pinocchios and which have been repeated at least 20 times.

Court Rules Immigrant Activist Ravi Ragbir’s First Amendment Rights May Have Been Violated
In its ruling, the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan said Ragbir’s advocacy on immigration reform is “core political speech,” and that it’s “plausible” ICE tried to deport him in retaliation for organizing protests against the agency.

White Nationalists Interrupt Author at Politics and Prose
A handful of self-proclaimed white nationalists interrupted an appearance by author Jonathan M. Metzl at the Politics and Prose bookstore in Northwest Washington on Saturday, chanted “This land is our land,” and then exited to a chorus of loud boos.


French Intelligence Summons Journalists after Release of Classified Report on ARMS in Yemen
Three journalists face questioning next month by France’s domestic intelligence agency after releasing a classified report detailing French weapons being used in Yemen. In a statement, 37 news outlets voiced support for their colleagues.

In Slovakia, a Murdered Journalist and a Pro-Press President
“The killings of Kuciak and Kušnírová unleashed Slovakia’s biggest protests since the end of communism. In their aftermath, Robert Fico, the prime minister, a press-bashing populist, resigned from office. A few weeks ago, the country’s presidential election ended in an upset: Zuzana Čaputová—a liberal outsider with progressive social views, including press freedom—was voted in.”

‘Truth Is Under Threat.’ Ten Questions for Chinese Dissident Author Ma Jian
“My whole life has been affected by the [Chinese government’s] desire to clampdown on personal liberties and freedom of speech. When I was living in China in the 1980s I was continually being detained, arrested for things I said, or paintings I created. … My books are still banned and I am forced to live in exile.”

YouTube Recommended a Russian Media Site Thousands of Times for Analysis of Mueller’s Report, a Watchdog Group Says
When the report by special counsel Robert Mueller came out last week, offering the most authoritative account yet of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, YouTube recommended one video source hundreds of thousands of times to viewers seeking information, a watchdog says: RT, the global media operation funded by the Russian government.

Opinion: Standing against Putin’s Tyranny
A report commissioned by four leading Western human-rights organizations documents how President Vladimir Putin has turned Russia’s legal system into a tool of repression, using it to suppress dissent, undermine political opposition, and detain anyone the Kremlin views as a potential threat.

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