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Wall Street Journal takes unusual step of printing op-ed by the publisher of the rival New York Times following President Trump’s accusation of ‘treason’ by the latter over a report into the United States’ attacks on Russia’s power grid, the publication of which government officials said did not pose any concerns for national security. (Find out more about PEN America’s lawsuit seeking an injunction to prevent such threats against reporters and media organizations here.) University of Central Arkansas president demands the removal of a sign posted by librarians featuring a quote from Lady Gaga to mark Pride Month, and pointing to a compilation of resources available to LGBTQ+ students. Google shareholders’ efforts to halt the company’s work on a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese market falls through. Activists plan further protests in Hong Kong, seeking investigations into police brutality and a complete withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

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


Opinion: Accusing the New York Times of ‘Treason,’ Trump Crosses a Line
“President Trump’s escalating attacks on the New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. … Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.”

The Quote That Dare Not Speak Its Name
The library at the University of Central Arkansas has a sign that it places outside, which sometimes includes messages celebrating various months or days. For Pride Month, the sign quoted Lady Gaga: “Being gay is like glitter. It never goes away.” It was up for one day before President Houston Davis ordered it removed.

Google Defeats Shareholders on ‘Dragonfly’ Censored Search in China
A shareholder resolution aimed at halting Google’s efforts to bring a censored version of its search engine to China has failed. The program, internally dubbed “Dragonfly,” is said to be a censorship-friendly search engine with the capability to hide results at the behest of Beijing.

Judge’s Order Sets up Potential New Block Against Census Citizenship Question
A new order by a federal judge in Maryland sets up a potential new block against the Trump administration’s plans to add a citizenship question to forms for the upcoming 2020 census. Three federal judges have already issued rulings that block it.


Fresh Hong Kong Protests Planned for Friday
Hong Kong is braced for another round of demonstrations after the government failed to respond to a list of protester demands including an investigation into police brutality and the withdrawal of an extradition bill by a Thursday afternoon deadline.

Media in Russia’s South Protest Journalist’s Arrest
Journalists in southern Russia are protesting the arrest of a newspaper editor on charges of terrorism widely seen as trumped up. Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, the religious affairs editor of the independent weekly Chernovik, was arrested Friday in the Caspian Sea province of Dagestan.

Ukrainian Journalist Dies After Attack
“The only reason for the attack, now the killing … is Vadym Komarov’s professional activities. He was inconvenient for many local politicians. He pushed forward with inconvenient questions regarding corruption in Cherkasy and touched on topics that resonated,” wrote the head of Ukraine’s National Union of Journalists.

How Witnessing a Police Shooting Put a Guatemalan Journalist in Danger
Carlos Choc was able to record a killing that ministers at first tried to deny had happened at all. Then Choc received calls from TV stations, asking him to confirm the killing. He went on air to report from the scene. Later that night, the threats began.

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