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One hundred days after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi officials, PEN America President Jennifer Egan joins members of Congress and others in D.C. to demand justice for the murder and recognize its long-lasting consequences on free expression. (Sign our open letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres calling for an independent investigation.) At the same time, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives speech on foreign policy in the Middle East with no mention of the crime. In a bid to protect privacy, AT&T to stop selling its users’ location data to third parties without their knowledge after an investigation earlier this week by Vice Motherboard. The University of California urges students and faculty not to use messaging apps and social media while visiting China. Journalists and columnists debate how best to cover the 2020 presidential campaigns, and avoid repeating the mistakes of 2016. A High Court in Myanmar rejects the appeal by Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, upholding their convictions and prison sentences. (See PEN America’s reaction here, and send a message of solidarity to the two imprisoned journalists, and other writers imprisoned for their words, here.) -Nora Benavidez, Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs

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


‘The World Is Watching’: U.S. Lawmakers Demand Justice for Jamal Khashoggi *PEN Case List: Learn more
Politicians from both major parties said the journalist’s murder highlighted the importance of having a free press as they paid tribute to Khashoggi, who was murdered by Saudi government agents in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate.

Pompeo Ignores Saudi Crimes—and U.S. History—in Middle East Speech
Exactly 100 days after the gruesome murder and dismemberment of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi officials, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave what was billed as a major speech on America’s Middle East policy that made no mention of the crime or its far-reaching consequences.

AT&T to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties after Motherboard Investigation
After Motherboard found that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint are selling their customers’ phone location data ultimately to bounty hunters, AT&T has decided to stop service for all location aggregators, an essential part of the data supply chain.

University of California Tells Students Not to Use WeChat, WhatsApp in China
Students and faculty at the University of California have been warned not to use messaging apps and social media while visiting China, for fear their communications could be used against them by the country’s law enforcement agencies.

Will the Media Be Trump’s Accomplice Again in 2020?
“We gave [Trump] an extraordinary bounty of coverage, depriving his rivals of commensurate oxygen and agency. And while our coverage of him had turned overwhelmingly negative by the final months of the 2016 campaign, it by no means started out that way.”


Myanmar Court Rejects Appeal by Jailed Reuters Reporters *PEN Case List: Learn more
A Myanmar court rejected the appeal of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act, saying the defense had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent.

Khodorkovsky Investigators Say Evidence Links Vagner Group to Russian Journalists’ Killings
Private investigators working for Russian opposition activist Mikhail Khodorkovsky said their probe has convinced them that there was an extensive and well-prepared plot to kill three journalists in the Central African Republic, and to hinder any investigation into the incident.
*See PEN America’s response to the killings here

Cambodian Journalists Pen Letter Demanding Court Drop Charges against Former RFA Reporters
Thirty eight journalists in Cambodia published an open letter urging the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to drop all charges against two former RFA reporters who have lived under police surveillance for more than a year while awaiting a trial for “espionage.”

Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown
The Chinese police, in a sharp escalation of the country’s online censorship efforts, are questioning and detaining a growing number of Twitter users even though the social media platform is blocked in China and most people in the country can’t see it.

Try As it Might, Iran Can’t Ban Social Media
The plan to ban Instagram despite its use by the Islamic Republic’s highest officials shows that Iran’s leadership has not yet decided how it feels about social media, and is struggling to find a middle path between the unfettered access enjoyed by much of the world and China’s walled-garden approach.

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