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The Senate votes unanimously to hold the Saudi Crown Prince personally responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a rebuke to President Trump who has refused to do so. The Washington Post’s full-page ad demanding action be taken to address the killing of Khashoggi, who was a U.S. resident and columnist for the newspaper, reads: ‘A life is gone. The principles of free expression endure.’ A federal judge rules that a Massachusetts law prohibiting covert recordings infringes on free expression when applied to the secret filming of police actions. House of Representatives votes 394-to-1 to adopt House Resolution 1091 calling for the immediate release of Burmese Reuters reporters Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone, recipients of the PEN/Barbey 2018 Freedom to Write Award. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer


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Senate Votes Unanimously to Condemn Saudi Prince as Responsible for Death of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
The Senate voted unanimously to condemn Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, holding him responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, once in favor with the government, left the country over disagreement with the crown prince’s aggressive authoritarian actions.

Washington Post Runs Full-Page Ad of Jamal Khashoggi *PEN Case List: Learn More
The Washington Post featured a full-page ad of Jamal Khashoggi in today’s print edition. The ad showed a portrait of Khashoggi illuminated by candlelight. It reads: “A life is gone. The principles of free expression endure.” The Post will continue to push for justice in Khashoggi’s death “until meaningful action is taken.”

Federal Court Rules Cops Can’t Arrest You for Secretly Filming Them
In a victory against Boston’s police commissioner and district attorney, a federal judge ruled that a Massachusetts law used by Massachusetts police to target people who secretly recorded them was unconstitutional.

U.S. House Calls on Myanmar to Release Reuters Journalists *PEN Case List: Learn More
The U.S. House of Representatives called nearly unanimously for the government of Myanmar to release Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were imprisoned one year ago in a landmark free speech case.


A Dissident Chinese Novelist Finds Echoes of Mao, and Orwell
Ma Jian was at the annual Hong Kong International Literary Festival to promote “China Dream,” his satirical novel about President Xi Jinping’s eponymous domestic propaganda campaign. He told the crowd that the book showed how the dystopian future that George Orwell’s fiction once warned about had become a reality.

In France, School Lessons Ask: Which Twitter Post Should You Trust?
The class was part of an experiment to work with journalists and educators to combat the spread of online misinformation. France is coordinating one of the world’s largest efforts to teach students how to spot junk information online.

Security, Free Speech in Focus as Seoul Braces for Possible Visit from North Korea’s Kim
Speculation that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will soon visit Seoul for the first time has sparked debate in South Korea over how to allow citizens to express often strongly held views while preventing any international incidents.

Pastor Charged With ‘Inciting Subversion’ as China Cracks Down on Churches
An outspoken Chinese pastor and his wife face up to 15 years in prison after being charged with inciting to subvert state power, a sign that Chinese authorities are intensifying a crackdown on religious groups.

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