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President Trump and allies continue to hammer the media, accusing journalists and pundits of prejudging and over-hyping the Mueller investigation. Apple launches news and magazine subscription service, presenting an alternative model for funding for media organizations. Myanmar’s Supreme Court agrees to rule on an appeal filed by lawyers for journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. (Find out more about the 2017 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award honorees.) -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

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

U.S.

Trump and Allies Hammer Media Organizations over Mueller Investigation Reporting
Emboldened by the Justice Department summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, President Trump has gone on the offensive, lashing out at his critics and calling for probes into unidentified people who he said lied to Congress, committed “evil” deeds and participated in “treasonous things.”
CBS NEWS

Apple Launches $9.99 Apple News Plus with More Than 300 Magazines
The emphasis is on curation, high quality, and trust, all of which Apple considers essential for a news and magazine consumption app. There will be over 300 magazines, such as The New Yorker, Esquire, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Men’s Health, and Vogue.
THE VERGE

Visit a Prison. There’s One Closer Than You Think.
“I was reminded of a passage I came across in a copy of the 1960 edition of the Federal Bureau of Prisons booklet: ‘These men read more serious literature than does the ordinary person in the community.’ Literate convicts, it estimated, read from 75 to 100 books each year.”
WASHINGTON POST

Opinion: Why Colleges Like Trump’s Campus Speech Order
The order originates in specific incidents, including the student harassed by school officials for her anti-abortion messaging and the shut-downs of conservative speakers. College leaders aren’t happy with this. … They favor free speech even as they openly disagree with the conservative’s opinions.
NEW YORK TIMES

 
Global

Myanmar Supreme Court Agrees to Rule on Journalists’ Appeal *PEN Case List: Learn More
Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo remained in Insein Prison while their lawyers attended the court’s first hearing on their appeal in the capital, Naypyitaw. The reporters’ convictions for violating the country’s Official Secrets Act have been condemned by rights groups, Western governments, and global press associations.
WASHINGTON POST

Europe Adopts Tough New Online Copyright Rules Over Tech Industry Protests
European parliament has adopted a copyright law that requires technology platforms to sign licensing agreements with musicians, authors, and news publishers in order to post their work online. The new law is meant to force tech firms to be aggressive about removing unlicensed copyrighted material from their websites rather than waiting for complaints to come in before acting.
NEW YORK TIMES

Chinese Academic Stopped from Teaching after Criticizing Party Leadership
Xu Zhangrun, a constitutional law professor who wrote a series of essays critical of China’s Communist party leadership, has been stopped from teaching at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing. As news of his situation spread on Chinese social media, a number of liberal media outlets reposted Mr Xu’s writing.
FINANCIAL TIMES

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Opens in China, Minus All the Gay Bits
Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” was released in China on Friday, but references to the Queen singer’s sexuality and AIDS diagnosis were censored. Several minutes of footage were edited out of the film, including scenes of two men kissing and the word “gay.”
BBC NEWS

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