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FCC plan to repeal Obama-era regulations protecting net neutrality will take effect on June 11. Novelist Junot Díaz steps down as the chairman of the Pulitzer prize board amid review of allegations of sexual misconduct. Documents released by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee show far greater extent of Russian government-linked trolls’ targeting of U.S. Facebook and Instagram users. Yale University affirms commitment to “equity and inclusion” in response to racially charged incident on campus. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Coordinator


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


Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules Set to End June 11
The new rules are under challenge in the courts and Senate Democrats have vowed to force a vote to nullify the rule. “We will have a framework in place that encourages innovation and investment in our nation’s networks,” says FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

Junot Díaz Steps Down as Pulitzer Chairman Amid Review of Misconduct Allegations
The Pulitzer Prize board has opened an independent review of sexual misconduct allegations against Junot Díaz. Neither Díaz nor his agent immediately responded to emailed requests for comment.

Newly Released Facebook Ads Show Russian Trolls Targeted Mexican-Americans After Trump Election
The Russian government-linked troll group indicted by Robert Mueller targeted more parts of the American population, specifically Mexican-Americans, than had previously been reported, documents newly released Facebook ads show.

Yale Says ‘Committed to Equity and Inclusion’ After Napping Black Student Incident
Yale President Peter Salovey said the university would continue to work to prevent and address discrimination through education and reporting. “I am writing today to affirm Yale’s commitment to equity and inclusion on our campus.”


Gay Website That Provides HIV Information Targeted by Russian Censors
An LGBT news website that offers sorely needed HIV information has incurred the wrath of Russian officials thanks to the nation’s “gay propaganda” law. The rate of HIV among gay and bi men has increased dramatically in the last few years.

Chinese Censorship of Eurovision Prompts LGBT Community Outcry
Mango TV’s censorship of gay-themed content during this week’s Eurovision Song Contest has fuelled an outcry among the country’s LGBT community and prompted the European Broadcasting Union to halt its relationship with the channel.

Incentives for Filming in Saudi Arabia Announced at Cannes
Ahmad Al-Maziad announced that Saudi Arabia is “open for business” offering incentives such as a rebate program of 35% for foreign productions filming in Saudi Arabia and “funding 50% of all money spent on Saudi talent.”

Data Must Stay in India, Under Indian Law: Vineet Jain
Jain expressed the need for intelligent regulation of the media market to create a “level playing field”. “The government must work with the [media] to ensure that we maintain a strong and healthy press, which is vital for a thriving democracy.”

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