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Conflating critical coverage and fake news, President Trump suggests taking away news networks’ press “credentials.” Denver Post supporters carry protest against profit draining to New York office of hedge fund owner. Conservative commentator praised EPA administrator and reportedly asked him for favors for client. Senate Democrats plan procedural move to try to bring measure undoing the FCC’s net neutrality repeal to vote. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


Trump suggests pulling credentials from ‘corrupt’ media
President Donald Trump complained that his administration receives overwhelmingly negative coverage from network news outlets and floated the idea of pulling credentials from outlets whose reporting is deemed unfair by the White House.

Denver Post Journalists Go to New York to Protest Their Owner
Journalists at The Denver Post have taken the lead in making public their displeasure with Alden and Digital First Media, the owner of more than 90 publications nationwide. Alden runs the newspapers at a high profit margin while cutting costs significantly, often through layoffs, and the Denver crew has lost patience.

Pruitt fast-tracked California cleanup after Hugh Hewitt brokered meeting
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt placed a polluted California area on his personal priority list of Superfund sites targeted for “immediate and intense” action after conservative radio and television host Hugh Hewitt brokered a meeting between him and lawyers for the water district that was seeking federal help to clean up the polluted Orange County site.

The legislative Hail Mary that may save net neutrality
This latest protest is set to coincide with the Senate using a legislative tool called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to halt the FCC’s repeal of the 2015 net neutrality rules. Later today, senators will present a petition to force a vote on a resolution to undo the rollback.


Orban’s Government Ordered to Apologize to NGO After Soros Dispute
A court in Budapest obliged Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government to apologize to a human rights organization for making false statements about it in the buildup to last month’s elections, in a rare victory for NGOs amid an increasing official crackdown.

Myanmar policeman who said Reuters reporters were framed details sting operation
A Myanmar policeman now serving a prison sentence gave more details to a court about how he says two Reuters reporters were framed by police, in what has become a landmark press freedom case for the Southeast Asian nation.

Foreign journalists quit Cambodia paper in protest at perceived interference
As many as 13 foreign journalists resigned from Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post newspaper this week in protest of what they called editorial interference following its sale to a Malaysian businessman.

Investigative journalist shot and injured in Montenegro
An investigative reporter who covers crime and corruption in Montenegro has been shot and injured in an attack that prompted calls from the European Union and the United States to protect journalists in the Balkan country.

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