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During pivotal hearing, Supreme Court majority seems to signal support for legality of Trump travel ban. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the administration supports a free press but that it should go “hand in hand” with a fair press. Audio of closed door meeting between NFL owners and players reveals that Trump’s antagonism toward the protests weighed heavily on owners. Fake accounts impersonating top Facebook executives run rampant. -Suzanne Nossel, Chief Executive Officer


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


Supreme Court Appears to Lean in Favor of Trump’s Right to Impose Travel Ban
Two key judges signaled support for Trump’s authority to impose a travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries. Both expressed skepticism over attempts to undermine Trump’s authority on what he insists is a matter of national security.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: ‘We Support a Free Press, But …’
“I certainly would reject the idea that the president or this administration has halted freedom of the press… We support a free press, but we also support a fair press,” says Huckabee at at Wednesday’s White House press briefing.

Inside the Confidential N.F.L. Meeting to Discuss National Anthem Protests
The unvarnished conversation reveals how the leaders and players of the N.F.L. confronted a level of public hostility that they had never before experienced. “Let’s make sure that we keep this confidential.”

How Fake Mark Zuckerbergs Scam Facebook Users Out of Their Cash
At a time when Zuckerberg has vowed to clean up Facebook, the company has failed to eliminate impostor accounts masquerading as him and his chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, to swindle Facebook users out of thousands of dollars.

Europe Wants to Crack Down on Fake News. But One Person’s Fake News is Another’s Democratic Dissent.
The European Union on Thursday will unveil a strategy for fighting fake news that could be a model for Western nations, but already it has run into trouble defining the line between disinformation and dissent.


Turkey Cumhuriyet Trial: 13 Newspaper Staff Convicted Over Coup
A Turkish court has sentenced 13 journalists to prison on terrorism charges, in a case that has sparked outrage over press freedom. The journalists worked for the opposition newspaper, which had taken a strong line against the Turkish government.

Tanzania Police Threaten to Beat Protesters ‘Like Stray Dogs’ to Halt Demos
Tanzania deployed armed police officers across major towns and cities in a bid to block anti-government protests called by a U.S.-based Tanzanian social media activist. “Those who plan to demonstrate tomorrow will seriously suffer.”

Tanzania Moves to Regulate Online Content
Online entities have two weeks to register with the government or face fines and jail time. The government claims the new law will regulate hate speech, obscene content, and threats to national security. Local bloggers fear it will be used to stifle dissent.

Rights Group Criticizes Bulgaria for Regression in Women’s Rights
Bulgarian authorities have demonstrated total disregard for systematic attacks on women by rejecting a European treaty designed to combat violence against women, says the human rights group Bulgarian Helsinki Committee.

Southeast Asia’s Troubling New Fight Against ‘Fake News’
Malaysia passes new law that will punish anyone who “maliciously creates, offers, publishes, prints, distributes, circulates, or disseminates any fake news” with penalties of prison time and/or fines.

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