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President Trump to meet with representatives of the video game industry, amid suggestions that violent games may bear some blame for rising gun deaths. Conservatives take aim at big technology companies with planned release of new right-wing documentary critical of Google and Facebook for, among other things, viewpoint-based content censorship. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sued in federal court accusing Arizona State University of violating Muslim students’ free speech and equal protection rights by enforcing a ban on speakers who call for boycotting Israel. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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


Trump invites game industry to gun violence meeting this week
The meeting will take place Thursday and is expected to discuss gun violence in the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 dead. Authorities have announced no connection to video games, and it’s unclear what role, if any, games played in that incident.

New Foils for the Right: Google and Facebook
Arguing that Silicon Valley is stifling their speech and suppressing right-wing content, publishers and provocateurs on the right are eyeing a public-relations battle against online giants like Google and Facebook, the same platforms they once relied on to build a national movement.

Arizona State’s Ban On Israel Boycotters Tests DOJ’s Free Speech Commitment
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit in federal court last week against Arizona State University, accusing the school of violating Muslim students’ right to free speech and rights to equal protection by enforcing a ban on speakers who call for boycotting Israel.

Lawmakers push for Al Jazeera to register as foreign agent
The move against the Arab-language TV-news powerhouse comes as the little-enforced Foreign Agents Registration Act is undergoing a renaissance of sorts, prompted in part by the Robert Mueller indictment.


Egypt detains state TV host in latest crackdown on media
Khairy Ramadan was accused of disseminating “fake news and statements against the police force, therefore defaming it” after he anchored an episode of his Egypt Today show on a state television channel, which showed the wife of a police colonel complaining of low wages in the police force.

How the Dana Schutz Controversy—and a Year of Reckoning—Have Changed Museums Forever
Almost all of the dozen museum directors and curators [Artnet] spoke to for this story agreed on one thing: For the first time since the Culture Wars in the 1980s and ‘90s, they need to be prepared to defend every single decision they make.

Palestinians in Gaza protest Facebook censorship
Dozens of Palestinian journalists on Monday staged a demonstration outside the UN’s Gaza City office to protest Facebook’s practice of unilaterally blocking Palestinian Facebook accounts. Demonstrators held banners aloft, reading, “Facebook is complicit in [Israel’s] crimes” and “Facebook favors the [Israeli] occupation.”

Censorship is illegal in India, says ‘S Durga’ director at first screening
Censorship in India is illegal and yet a majority of India endorses it. Director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan from Kerala made this rather-startling revelation at the first screening of his controversial S Durga in Kolkata. Before the screening, Sasidharan spoke about his film’s long-drawn censorship battle at a seminar attended by Chitrabani director Father PJ Joseph and various other film scholars.

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