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The Vice President and Secretary of State express grave concern about Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, missing after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul more than a week ago; his fiancée implores President Trump for help. Trump campaign lawyers cite free speech protections in seeking dismissal of lawsuit accusing the campaign of illegally conspiring with Russian agents and Wikileaks to publish stolen Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 election. President Trump uses his public platforms to feed distrust of major new UN climate change report. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


‘I Know Nothing’: Trump’s Stance toward Missing Saudi Journalist Sparks Concern
Though the Vice President and Secretary of State have expressed concern, Trump’s approach to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi worries press advocates, signalling to Saudi Arabia and others that crack down on free expression that the U.S. is uninterested in the disappearance of a writer for a national newspaper, and putting other journalists working overseas at risk.

The Trump Campaign Says Exploiting Hacked Emails Is Free Speech
In a motion to dismiss a lawsuit accusing Trump’s campaign team of illegally conspiring with Russian agents to disseminate stolen emails, lawyers argued that the First Amendment protects the campaign’s “right to disclose information—even stolen information—so long as (1) the speaker did not participate in the theft and (2) the information deals with matters of public concern.”

“Who Drew It?” Trump Asks of Dire Climate Report, Appearing to Mistrust 91 Scientific Experts
Trump’s comments to reporters about the United Nations’ climate report, which warns of environmental catastrophe as early as 2040 without a profound transformation in human societies, put him at odds with most world leaders, as well as with scientific fact—a familiar position for the President, who has long ridiculed climate concerns.

This Week Could Make—or Break—Blockchain-Powered Journalism
Civil Media, a blockchain company that has partnered with more than a dozen news outlets, has about a week left to sell its new cryptocurrency to the public. The tokens are intended to create the foundation of an economy that is key to the model that Civil envisions for journalism. So far, it’s not clear whether Civil will succeed.


Jailed Ukrainian Filmmaker Sentsov on Sakharov Prize Shortlist *PEN Case List
The European Parliament announced Tuesday that Oleg Sentsov is among three finalists for this year’s prestigious Sakharov Prize. Sentsov started a hunger strike on May 14 demanding the release of all Ukrainian prisoners in Russia, which ended after 145 days last Friday to avoid being force-fed.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Accepts PEN Pinter Prize with Call to Speak Out
In her acceptance lecture at the British Library, Adichie said that while writers should not necessarily speak out on political issues, she did not believe “that art is a valid reason for evading the responsibilities of citizenship—which are to think clearly, to remain informed, and, sometimes, to act and speak,” and to “call a lie a lie.”

Three Journalists Facing Incitement Charges
Police searched the headquarters of Eleven Media Group seeking to arrest three journalist and editors under a vaguely worded law long used to target activists and journalists. Local media have speculated it may be related to an October 8 story about the controversial business ventures of the Yangon Region Chief Minister.

European Commission and Germany Urge Bulgaria to Find Journalist’s Killers
The European commission and German government have urged Bulgarian authorities to bring to justice those responsible for the brutal killing of Viktoria Marinova, who had been reporting on alleged corruption in one of the EU’s newest member states. She is the third journalist to be murdered in the European Union in less than a year.

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