DARE: Tool for Journalists: Newsroom Transparency Tracker, for Assessing Trustworthiness of News
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PEN America launches its newest initiative in partnership with the Trust Project: the Newsroom Transparency Tracker that empowers the public to make informed choices about the news they watch, listen to, and read. (Check out the Tracker here.) Lawmakers open an antitrust investigation into the nation’s largest technology companies. Photographer Spencer Tunick conducts a ‘massive, nude photo shoot’ to challenge Facebook guidelines on photographic nudity. PEN America trustee, author and activist Jennifer Finney Boylan shares her reflections on the Stonewall Riots. Oregon passes a bill making education about the Holocaust part of the state’s public school curriculum. Today is the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, and people around the world remember. (Read PEN America’s reflection piece on Tiananmen here.) -James Tager, Deputy Director of Free Expression Policy and Research
The most pressing threats and notable goings-on in free expression today
Tool for Journalists: Newsroom Transparency Tracker, for Assessing Trustworthiness of News
The Newsroom Transparency Tracker is the latest tool introduced by The Trust Project in collaboration with PEN America. The tracker displays what public information is available on a range of journalistic policies and practices, for 52 selected news organizations mainly in the U.S. and U.K. This includes national media outlets like The Guardian as well as regional players such as the Los Angeles Times.
House Lawmakers Open Antitrust Probe into Tech Industry’s Biggest Players
House Judiciary lawmakers on launched a sweeping antitrust investigation of the nation’s largest tech companies, including Google and Facebook, opening a new front against an industry that’s increasingly under siege in Washington and Europe.
Inside Spencer Tunick’s Massive, Nude Photo Shoot to Challenge Facebook Censorship
At the event Sunday morning, word circulated that Facebook had agreed to respond to the photo; however, as of that evening, over 500 recent Instagram posts had been removed from the #WeTheNipple campaign hashtag. By late Sunday night, all posts under the hashtag were restricted, but reappeared Monday afternoon.
Jennifer Finney Boylan: ‘Treat Trans People Like the Brave, Decent, Precious Souls They Are’
“We can get married now, and there are better drugs for treating AIDS, and there are some legal protections that didn’t exist in 1969. But there are still some people who live in penthouses, and some people—especially trans people—who live on the street. … Stonewall is still going on, and yes, this battle can ‘still be lost.'”
Young Girl Inspires Oregon Legislation to Require Holocaust Study in Schools
A bill making the Holocaust part of the Oregon’s public school curriculum is set to become law. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown planned to sign the measure Tuesday—joining 10 other states with similar requirements—thanks in no small part to a campaign waged by Claire Sarnowski, now 14 and in high school.
LOS ANGELES TIMES
Beijing Silent as Tight Security Surrounds Tiananmen Square Anniversary
Security forces have been deployed throughout Tiananmen Square in Beijing, 30 years on from a deadly crackdown on student demonstrators in the city that marked one of the darkest chapters in the country’s history.
Video: Over 180,000 Attend Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Massacre Vigil, Organisers Say
Huge crowds turned out for a mass candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Tuesday evening marking 30 years since China’s bloody Tiananmen crackdown, a gathering tinged with symbolism as the city struggles to preserve its own cherished freedoms.
HONG KONG FREE PRESS
Tiananmen’s Tank Man: The Image That China Forgot
It has become the defining image of China’s Tiananmen Square protests in 1989—one man standing in the way of a column of tanks, a day after hundreds, possibly thousands, had been shot dead. But 30 years on, the Chinese authorities continue to try to erase all memory of the time when they almost lost their grip on power.
Meet the Taiwanese Reporter Who Spent 40 Days at the 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests
In April 1989, budding photo-journalist Hsieh San-tai was sent to Beijing to cover high-level political meetings and sporting events. His visit coincided with the largest student protest in China’s recent history, an event he captured for nearly forty days. But Hsieh’s photos never made it into newspaper pages, and he left Beijing full of regret at his unfinished assignment. 30 years later, he’s dusted off his photos.
Remembering June 4th
Government officials and state censors have been working with extra vigilance to forestall any public commemoration of the killings. But the many personal accounts, analyses, and news reports published in recent days show that 30 years of official government silence on the issue has not diminished individual memories.
CHINA DIGITAL TIMES
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