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President Trump targets the media, saying ‘fake news has contributed greatly to the anger and rage’ after two weekend shootings. (See PEN America’s statement on the president’s ongoing effort to target the media, and our Newsroom Transparency Tracker which provides indicators of ethics and other policies for newsrooms around the country.) 8chan website, a ‘megaphone’ for gunmen and online extremism, shuts down Sunday night after service provider Cloudfare announced it would stop working with the website. White House correspondent for Playboy Brian Karem has his press credential suspended for 30 days just days after he had a heated exchange with pro-Trump radio host at the White House. (See PEN America’s statement and our lawsuit to protect the press from his unconstitutional censorship scheme.) Twitter users are changing their locations to Germany to avoid being targets of online harassment and pro-Nazi rhetoric. (See PEN America’s manual for online users to combat harassment.) -Nora Benavidez, Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs

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


Trump Says ‘Fake News Has Contributed Greatly to the Anger and Rage’ after Shootings
President Trump on Monday said “fake news” has contributed to growing “anger and rage” in the country in the wake of two mass shootings over the weekend, marking the second time he has criticized media coverage in the aftermath of a tragedy.

8chan, Megaphone for Gunmen, Has Gone Dark. ‘Shut the Site Down,’ Says Its Creator.
Fredrick Brennan started the online message board as a free speech utopia. But now, 8chan is known as something else: a megaphone for mass shooters, and a recruiting platform for violent white nationalists. At least three mass shootings this year have been announced in advance on the site.

The Trump Administration Threatens to Suspend Brian Karem’s Press Pass
The letter from press secretary Stephanie Grisham cited Brian Karem’s conduct at President Trump’s event with social media allies on July 11, when Karem had a heated exchange with pro-Trump radio host Sebastian Gorka. “I can and will appeal this decision,” Karem said.

Twitter Users Are Escaping Online Hate by Switching Profiles to Germany, Where Nazism Is Illegal
Twitter users often point to the company’s content policy in Germany to argue it should be able to identify and remove Nazis from the platform in other regions. But even in Germany, there’s no catchall filter that screens for hateful content. Twitter still relies heavily on users to report content they believe violates the law.


Hong Kong Police Fire Teargas at Protesters as Two Cars Ram Crowds
Riot police in Hong Kong have fired teargas and rubber bullets on protesters in at least five locations as demonstrators staged a daylong citywide strike during which two cars rammed the crowds.

Russia Protests: Hundreds Detained during Unauthorized Demonstration
Over 600 people have been detained over an unauthorized protest in Moscow, amid reports of police violence. Protesters gathered in the Russian capital after authorities disqualified a number of opposition candidates from standing in local elections.

Journalist behind Cambridge Analytica Story Launches Crowd-Funder after Libel Threat
Carole Cadwalladr recently made a highly regarded TED Talk, which repeated evidence published by the U.K.’s Parliament about a series of “covert meetings” businessman Aaron Banks, a major Brexit campaigner and funder, had with the Russian government. Banks has now launched defamation proceedings against her.

Internet Censorship Law Extends Turkish Government’s Reach over Journalism, Culture
“While the latest regulations reflect a current atmosphere of concern around cultural works deemed obscene, they are also the latest step in an unrelenting drive by Turkey’s government to increase its control over the internet.”

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