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Reuters journalists and PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write honorees Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo receive their Pulitzer Prizes in person weeks after being released from Myanmar prison. On Friday, it will will be a year since the Pentagon held an on-camera briefing with any department spokesperson. Listen to PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel discuss federal espionage charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and its implications for journalists and freedom of the press. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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U.S.

Reuters Journalists Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo Receive Pulitzer *PEN Case List: Learn More
Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, the two Reuters journalists who were jailed in Myanmar for more than 500 days after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act, received their Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in New York City.
REUTERS

Pentagon Briefing Drought Nears 1-Year Mark Amid Iran Tension
Last week’s exchange in the Pentagon briefing room, which came amid escalating tension with Iran and the deployment of additional troops to the Middle East, showed frustration spiking in the Pentagon press corps. Reporters are growing concerned that the United States will end up in a military confrontation without the Trump administration ever having to sufficiently—and publicly—defend its case for it.
POLITICO

The Assange Espionage Charges and Press Freedom
Fred Kaplan, Slate’s national security columnist, and Suzanne Nossel, chief executive officer of PEN America, a human rights and free expression organization, discuss federal espionage charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and its implications for journalists and freedom of the press.
WNYC

New Details Raise Further Questions about San Francisco Journalist Raid
The police didn’t just raid Bryan Carmody’s home but also obtained search warrants targeting his phone records—a step his attorneys said was previously unknown to them—as well as officers within the department. Details of the warrant for Carmody’s phone records are scarce. (It was filed under seal).
COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW

 
Global

International Group Asks Pakistan to Release Journalist
An international organization that advocates for the rights of journalists has urged Pakistan to immediately release a reporter who was arrested for his coverage of this week’s violent clash between minority Pashtuns and troops in a northwestern region near the Afghan border.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Treatment of Northern Irish Journalists Likened to Police State, Court Hears
The arrest of two Northern Irish journalists after they embarrassed authorities by obtaining documents relating to a mass murder “was the kind of operation more associated with a police state than with a liberal democracy,” a court has heard.
GUARDIAN

Report Criticizes Probe into Slaying of Malta Journalist
A Council of Europe report has criticized the “glacial” pace of the investigation into the car bomb assassination of a leading Maltese investigative journalist and called Wednesday for an independent public inquiry into the case.
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Siberian Official Suspended after Alleged Attack on State TV Journalist
Sergei Zaitsev, head of the Shirinsky region of Russia’s Republic of Khakasia, has been suspended by the ruling United Russia party after he body-slammed a journalist from the state Rossia-24 television channel.
VOICE OF AMERICA

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