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New Jersey state lawmakers’ plan to support community journalism offers a novel funding model for new and established publications. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), a frequent critic of tech and social media companies, introduces white paper proposing regulations on issues including privacy and misinformation. CBS CEO Les Moonves remains in his role ahead of the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Activists in Boston set their sights on renaming the historic Faneuil Hall, the construction of which was partially funded by the sale of slaves. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

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


News From Your Neighborhood, Brought to You by the State of New Jersey
The state’s lawmakers have embarked on a novel experiment to address a local news crisis: putting up millions of dollars in the state’s most recent budget to pay for community journalism.

Sen. Mark Warner Floats Major Tech Company Regulations That Don’t Include Breakups
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), a frequent critic of big tech companies’ behavior, has been floating a list of 20 options for regulating web platforms. The document includes proposals for three topics: fighting politically oriented misinformation, protecting user privacy, and promoting competition.

Les Moonves Stays as CBS C.E.O. While Its Board Plans an Investigation
Les Moonves will remain as the CBS CEO while the company selects outside counsel to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. On Friday, The New Yorker published a report that included six women who said Moonves had asked them for sexual favors and retaliated when they declined.

Boycott Looms for Landmark Named After Slave Owner
Activists are leading a boycott of Boston’s Faneuil Hall this week, saying the landmark was constructed from money derived from the sale of slaves, and that the city’s African-American population doesn’t feel a connection to the site.

“We Quit Our U-Va. History Center Because it Hired an Enabler of Trump’s Anti-Truth”
Two history professors with the University of Virginia’s Miller Center give their reasons for resigning over the Miller Center’s decision to offer a paid senior fellowship to Marc Short, President Trump’s former White House legislative director.


Dareen Tatour: Israeli Arab Poet Sentenced for Incitement *PEN Case List
Dareen Tatour has been jailed by an Israeli court for inciting violence based on her online posts, including a video of her reading one of her poems over footage of stone-throwing Palestinian protesters. She said her poem was misunderstood and that she did not call for violence. Read our statement here.

Russia World Cup: Pussy Riot Protesters Detained on Leaving Jail
Members of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot, jailed after running on to the field during the World Cup final in a protest against human rights abuses in Russia, say they have been detained again as they walked free from prison.

New Malaysia Government Drops Sedition Charges Against Cartoonist, Others
Malaysia’s attorney general has dropped all charges against the political cartoonist Zunar, who defied deposed Prime Minister Najib Razak for a decade with a stinging series of almost-daily cartoons that could have put him in prison for 43 years if the Barisan Nasional had pulled out a victory on May 9 in national elections.

#MeToo in China: Movement Gathers Pace Amid Wave of Accusations
More than 20 women have come out with allegations against former bosses, acquaintances, and colleagues this week in China. It’s a sign that China’s #MeToo movement is starting to spread, but the movement still faces censorship from the Chinese authorities.

Withstanding Censorship, US Embassy Provides an Enclave for Free Speech on Chinese Social Media
While the regime’s internet police regularly delete content the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) deems political or socially sensitive, Chinese authorities seem loathe to censor posts on the official Weibo page of the U.S. Embassy in China, making it a safe haven for Chinese users to discuss topics that would be redacted elsewhere.

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