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Students from Parkland head to Tallahassee in a convoy of busses to demand gun control, and plan mass March on Washington scheduled for March 24. Facebook roiled by allegations that the platform provided the prime vehicle for Russian trolls aiming to influence the U.S. election; company executives respond with defiance and potential obfuscation. Trump agrees to attend annual Gridiron dinner and roast, signaling possible thaw in relations with the press. Supreme Court to decide if mandatory Union dues violate First Amendment rights. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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

U.S.

Parkland students to march on the Capitol this week to demand change to gun laws
One hundred students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will travel to Tallahassee for a Wednesday march on the state Capitol in the first organized protest of their #NeverAgain movement.
MIAMI HERALD

Facebook proved popular with Russian election trolls
While not accusing Facebook of any wrongdoing, the indictment detailed how critical the social media platform was to Russian efforts to disrupt the election. Facebook and its photo-sharing app Instagram were mentioned 41 times in the indictment, while Twitter was referred to nine times and YouTube only once.
CNET

Why Facebook is afraid of Robert Mueller
“In a short string of tweets . . . Facebook’s vice president for advertising twisted and obfuscated the issues almost beyond recognition.”
WASHINGTON POST

President Trump to attend journalist-hosted Gridiron Dinner
President Trump will attend this year’s Gridiron Dinner, the exclusive white-tie event hosted by a group he loves to criticize: the media. The annual dinner, put on by the Gridiron Club and Foundation, will give some of the biggest names in the Washington political journalism world the opportunity to dish it back at him, as part of the tradition is to roast politicians.
USA TODAY

Supreme Court to decide whether mandatory union dues violate First Amendment rights
The case is one of the most-watched this term, two years after a union dues case ended in a 4-4 deadlock. Conservative activists are hoping that with Justice Neil M. Gorsuch bringing the court to nine members, they will be able to reach a decision and rein in the powerful unions.
WASHINGTON TIMES

 
Global

A former Russian troll speaks: ‘It was like being in Orwell’s world’
“I arrived there, and I immediately felt like a character in the book 1984 by George Orwell—a place where you have to write that white is black and black is white. Your first feeling, when you ended up there, was that you were in some kind of factory that turned lying, telling untruths, into an industrial assembly line.”
WASHINGTON POST

Brazil Looks to Crack Down on Fake News Ahead of Bitter Election
Worried that Brazilians will soon be flooded with fake news ahead of a critical presidential election, the country is setting out to crack down on organized efforts to intentionally mislead voters. The officials leading the effort argue that the right to free speech cannot come at the expense of an illegitimate outcome.
NEW YORK TIMES

Journalist or Terrorist? Kashmir Photographer Is Jailed, Pending Answer
Officials insist that Kamran Yousuf is part of an international terrorist gang conspiring to wage war against the Indian security forces in Kashmir. They said he could not possibly be a journalist because he never takes any pictures of government developmental projects or the inaugurations of hospitals, schools, or bridges.
NEW YORK TIMES

In laws, rhetoric and acts of violence, Europe is rewriting dark chapters of its past
Europe, with its emphasis on remembrance in the service of “never again,” was held up as a superior model for reckoning with the horrors of the past. But six months later, events across the continent have served as a potent reminder that Europe’s grip on its history is far from assured.
WASHINGTON POST

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