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


Pressure Rising on GOP After Trump–DOJ Fight’s Latest Turn
Republican senators who have warned the White House for months not to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation are coming under new pressure given President Trump’s latest demands for the Department of Justice.

Zuckerberg Expected to Apologize to EU Facebook Users
Mark Zuckerberg is expected apologize to Facebook’s European users for the firm’s failure to stop the misuse of people’s data on the network, and for the spread of fake news during a series of elections across the continent over the past 18 months.

Anti-Racist Barbecuers Take Back Oakland’s Communal Backyard at Lake Merritt
“It’s the community coming together in a positive way as a reaction to what’s going on,” Robinson said. “Instead of tearing up the city, we want to come together in love and unity. And party.”

Cohen Threatened The Onion in 2013 Over Satirical Trump Article
President Trump’s personal lawyer sent a cease-and-desist letter in 2013 to the satirical news organization The Onion over a fake article about how the then-business mogul would likely die soon.


Tibetan Activist Who Promoted His Native Language is Sentenced to Prison
A Tibetan businessman who campaigned to preserve his native language from the encroaching dominance of Chinese was sentenced to five years in prison, after a controversial prosecution based on interviews that he gave to The New York Times.

In India, Journalists Face Slut-Shaming and Rape Threats
Several female journalists critical of the Hindu nationalist politics and government have been targeted by coordinated social media campaigns that slut-shames, deploys manipulated images with sexually explicit language, and threatens rape.

UN Curtailing Taiwanese Media Freedom: Taipei
The UN is violating press freedom by blocking access to Taiwanese journalists trying to cover the world body’s major health meeting, says Taipei’s health minister. “In any international democratic society this kind of action is not acceptable at all.”

China Suing Person Accused of Defaming Dead Firefighter, State Media Reports
Chinese prosecutors have filed a lawsuit against an individual accused of insulting a firefighter who died in the line of duty, the first such case since the country adopted a law in April that bans the defamation of heroes and martyrs.

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