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U.S.

House intelligence chair threatens reporters with investigation
Representative Devin Nunes, chair of the House Intelligence Committee, threatened reporters with investigation after they questioned him about looking into contacts between members of President Trump’s administration and Russian officials.
THE WASHINGTON POST

When Does Protest Cross a Line? Some States Aim to Toughen Laws
In a season rife with demonstrations over immigration, pipelines, abortion, women’s rights and more, Republican legislators in at least 16 states have filed bills intended to make protests more orderly or to toughen penalties against ones that go awry. Republicans in two other states, Massachusetts and North Carolina, have said they will file protest-related bills.
NEW YORK TIMES

A constitutional right to Facebook and Twitter? Supreme Court weighs in
A Supreme Court argument on Monday about whether North Carolina may bar registered sex offenders from using Facebook, Twitter and similar services turned into a discussion of how social media has transformed American civic discourse. The remarks suggested that they would strike down the law under the First Amendment.
NEW YORK TIMES

Australian children’s author Mem Fox detained by US border control
The Australian children’s book author Mem Fox has suggested she might never return to the US after she was detained and insulted by border control agents at Los Angeles airport.
THE GUARDIAN

 
Global

BBC crew attacked in China and forced to sign confession
A BBC camera crew reporting in China was attacked and later forced by police to apologise and sign a confession for trying to conduct an “illegal interview”, one of its reporters has said.
THE GUARDIAN

Cambodian government cites Trump in threatening foreign news outlets
In a sign that President Trump’s criticism of the news media may be having a ripple effect overseas, a government spokesman in Cambodia has cited the American leader in threatening to shutter foreign news outlets, including some that receive money from Washington.
NEW YORK TIMES

Turkey jails reporter from Germany’s Die Welt paper
Turkish authorities on Monday arrested reporter Deniz Yucelon from prominent German newspaper Die Welt on charges of propaganda in support of a terrorist organization and inciting the public to violence.
REUTERS

After Trump Win, Anti-Civil Society Forces Are Emboldened in Eastern Europe
Emboldened by signals from the Trump administration, populist leaders across Central and Eastern Europe are mounting crackdowns on nongovernmental organizations, once protected by Washington, that promote open government, aid refugees and often serve as checks on authoritarian governments.
NEW YORK TIMES

 
Deeper Analysis

Barring Reporters From Briefings: Does It Cross a Legal Line?
A ruling issued by a federal judge in Manhattan saying that the New York Police Department may have violated the First Amendment by revoking the press credentials of a journalist may serve as a cautionary tale to the White House.
THE NEW YORK TIMES

To Battle Fake News, Ukrainian Show Features Nothing but Lies
In other parts of the world, viewers might suspect the evening news is just a bunch of lies, but watching the weekly broadcast of “StopFake News,” they can be certain of it. The group is highly respected in journalistic circles for its specialty of debunking fake news.
THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

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