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One year after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, some school districts turn to increased monitoring and surveillance of students on campus. Journalists who report on school shootings reflect on the impact of their coverage. Bipartisan group of Representatives issues resolution to urge Saudi Arabia to release imprisoned women’s rights activists, said to have faced torture while in custody. Darla Shine, former TV producer and wife of White House communications director Bill Shine, spreads conspiracy theories about a measles outbreak in the Pacific north-west in response to a CNN report on anti-vaxxers. Swedish Ambassador to China Anna Lindstedt recalled after involvement in meetings related to detained bookseller Gui Minhai. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

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


Parkland School Turns to Experimental Surveillance Software That Can Flag Students as Threats
The school system in South Florida, one of the largest in the country, said last month it would install a camera-software combination called Avigilon that would allow security officials to track students based on their appearance. With one click, a guard could pull up video of everywhere else a student has been recorded on campus.

From Columbine to Parkland: How We Got the Story Wrong on Mass Shootings
After Columbine, Dave Cullen swore he would never write about a mass shooting again. But over the next 20 years, he realized that he and other journalists had a duty to destroy the deadly myths they had helped create.

U.S. Lawmakers Call on Saudi Arabia to Free Imprisoned Women’s Rights Activists
A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers introduced a resolution calling on Saudi Arabia to “immediately and unconditionally” release women’s rights advocates imprisoned there, as Congress intensifies its criticism of the kingdom’s human rights record after the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Wife of White House Communications Chief Goes on Anti-Vaccine Tirade
Darla Shine, former TV producer and wife of White House communications director Bill Shine, went on an anti-vaccine tirade while spreading conspiracy theories about an outbreak of measles in the Pacific north-west.


Swedish Ambassador to China Recalled after Bizarre Meeting over Detained Bookseller
Sweden’s ambassador to China has been recalled to Stockholm and is now under investigation for her alleged role in an unusual meeting between two businessmen and the daughter of a Swedish bookseller detained by Chinese state security.

India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship
India’s government has proposed giving itself vast new powers to suppress internet content, igniting a heated battle with global technology giants and prompting comparisons to censorship in China.

China under Xi Jinping Is Ignoring the People’s Constitutional Rights
The constitution of China grants freedom of speech; however, the government seems to continually contradict this article, almost as if it did not exist or it was just a clever phrase or decoration in a larger written work.

Dark Money Is Pushing for a No-Deal Brexit. Who Is behind It?
Since mid-January an organization called Britain’s Future has spent £125,000 on Facebook ads demanding a hard or no-deal Brexit. Most of them target particular constituencies. … [It] has no published address and releases no information about who founded it, who controls it, and who has been paying for these advertisements.

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