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Supreme Court prepares to weigh in on constitutionality of the Trump Muslim Ban. (See PEN America’s amicus brief on the First Amendment implications of the prohibition.) Pending European data privacy rules may end up playing into the hands of Google and Facebook. Massachusetts Senate candidate sues city of Cambridge after being ordered to take down a racially charged sign targeting Senator Elizabeth Warren. -Suzanne Nossel, Chief Executive Officer

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


The Supreme Court is about to weigh in on Trump’s Muslim ban
The Supreme Court is preparing to weigh in for the first time on the constitutionality of PresidentTrump’s travel ban—which, due to the curious list of countries it includes and Trump’s own rhetoric on the matter, has been widely perceived as an attempt to ban Muslim immigrants from coming to the United States.

How Looming Privacy Regulations May Strengthen Facebook and Google
In Europe and the United States, the conventional wisdom is that regulation is needed to force Silicon Valley’s digital giants to respect people’s online privacy. But new rules may instead serve to strengthen Facebook’s and Google’s hegemony and extend their lead on the internet.

‘Real Indian’ Senate Candidate Sues After City Orders Removal of Signs Calling Elizabeth Warren a ‘Fake Indian’
A Massachusetts Senate candidate is suing the city of Cambridge for ordering the removal of his campaign signs, which accuse Senator Elizabeth Warren of being a “fake Indian.” He says the city violated his First Amendment rights.

Facebook spells out its community standards and then some
If you’ve ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you’re in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn’t belong on its service.


Jailed Egyptian photojournalist wins UN press freedom prize
Ignoring warnings from Egypt, an independent jury panel for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization gave the honor to Mahmoud Abu Zeid, a photojournalist known as Shawkan.

Tanzania sets two-week deadline for bloggers amid internet crackdown
Tanzania’s communications regulator has given bloggers two weeks to register their platforms under strict new online content rules, amid concerns that the government is cracking down on internet users.

Mexico arrests alleged killer of drug war journalist, says minister
Mexico’s interior minister said that authorities had arrested the alleged murderer of a renowned journalist in northern Mexico whose death had become emblematic of a spike in violence across the country.

Laurier won’t censor speech, says draft statement on free expression
The chairperson of a task force looking at creating a statement on freedom of expression at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, says he believes they’ve come up with something that will “stand the test of time.”

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