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Supreme Court allows Trump travel ban to go into full effect pending further review (see PEN America statement). Today the high court hears case of Colorado Baker who refused to design a wedding cake for a gay couple. Senate Democrats call to delay FCC decision on net neutrality based on indications that a substantial percentage of public comments received were fraudulently generated by bots. White House spokesman breaks precedent by refusing to take questions on the record on Air Force One; reporters declined his offer to go off the record. Prosecutors allege that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort broke conditions of his bail by ghostwriting op-ed with Russian intelligence operative. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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


Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban while legal challenges continue
The Supreme Court granted President Trump’s request to fully enforce his revised order banning travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries while legal challenges to it proceed in lower courts.

Supreme Court hears same-sex marriage cake case
The Supreme Court will consider arguments from a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake to celebrate a same-sex couple’s marriage because he believes that God designed marriage to be between a man and a woman.

Group of senators calls on FCC to delay net neutrality vote
Twenty-eight senators are calling on the FCC to delay its vote on repealing its net neutrality rules next week, citing concerns over the possibility that the agency’s public comment file may be filled with fake comments.

White House spokesman refuses to answer questions on the record from reporters
The White House broke another precedent in limiting the press’ ability to ask questions about the president’s decisions: Spokesman Hogan Gidley told reporters traveling with the president aboard Air Force One that he would not take any questions on the record.

Manafort worked on op-ed with Russian while out on bail, prosecutors say
Investigators said Paul Manafort was working on an editorial in English as late as last Thursday and that it related to his political work for Ukraine, which factored into his money-laundering and foreign lobbying criminal charges.


Ten arrested over murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
Police in Malta have arrested 10 suspects over the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, nearly two months after the anti-corruption journalist was killed by a powerful car bomb.

‘There’s no logic’: Turkey begins trial of academics charged with ‘terror offences’ after signing petition
Turkey today began the hugely controversial trial of a group of academics charged with terror offences for signing a petition calling for peace in the Kurdish-dominated southeast. More than 1,120 Turkish and foreign academics signed the petition.

U.N. rights team warns Mexico of ‘crisis’ in journalists’ safety
The United Nations said the Mexican government is struggling to keep journalists safe and prosecute their oppressors, after officials toured regions of the country that are among the most dangerous in the world for reporters.

How the Kremlin Tried to Pose as American News Sites on Twitter
There were about 40 news imposter accounts out of the 2,752 Twitter accounts that the company identified as being tied to the IRA. Many of them amassed their following by tweeting headlines from real news sites, while others sought to represent certain communities. They targeted a diverse set of regions across the political spectrum, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Fran, and Boston.

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