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U.S. Senate finds it necessary to pass a resolution affirming that “the press is not the enemy of the people.” Trump claims “collusion” by media outlets nationwide that each published their own editorial in defense of press freedom. (See PEN America’s reflections here). More than a dozen senior intelligence officials blast President Trump for trying to stifle free speech by revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance. Google employees protest company’s decision to build censored search engine version for China. Simon & Schuster says it won’t be intimidated by Trump campaign lawyer’s effort to stop publication of ex White House aide’s book. (See PEN America’s statement here.) -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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

U.S.

U.S. Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution Affirming the Press ‘is Not the Enemy of the People’
The U.S. Senate passed a resolution affirming that the media “is not the enemy of the people.” The move comes amid an initiative led by The Boston Globe in which more than 350 news organizations published editorials promoting press freedom.
BOSTON GLOBE

Trump Says Newspapers Are ‘in Collusion’ on Championing a Free Press
In a series of Twitter posts, Trump said The Boston Globe was “in collusion” with other newspapers for leading the effort, a word that has become synonymous with the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference.
NEW YORK TIMES

Former U.S. Security Leaders Blast Trump for Yanking Clearance Over Russia Probe
Former U.S. security officials admonished Trump for yanking a top former spy chief’s security clearance as an act of political vengeance. Trump said he’d had to do “something” about the “rigged” federal probe of Russian election interference.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Google Employees Protest Secret Work on Censored Search Engine for China
Hundreds of Google employees, upset at the company’s decision to secretly build a censored version of its search engine for China, have signed a letter demanding more transparency to understand the ethical consequences of their work.
NEW YORK TIMES

Omarosa’s Publisher to Trump: We ‘Will Not Be Intimidated’
Simon & Schuster has warned President Trump that legal threats won’t stop people from reading the former aide’s tell-all book, saying Trump is fully able to use his “bully pulpit” if he disagrees with any of the claims made in the text.
DAILY BEAST

 
Global

Taner Kilic: Amnesty Turkish Chair to be Released from Prison
Turkey has decided to release the national head of Amnesty International after more than a year in prison. Amnesty has said the charges of links to Fethullah Gulenare are an attempt to silence critics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
BBC

After Years of Arrests, Bans and Threats, Zunar’s Political Cartoon Books Go On Sale
After years of arrests, raids, book bans, police harassment, a travel ban, and a laundry list of sedition charges, Zunar, Malaysia’s most controversial cartoonist, is finally seeing not only his work available for public consumption, but also for sale.
YAHOO NEWS

China is Going to Outrageous Lengths to Surveil its Own Citizens
China has reportedly begun deploying flocks of drones disguised as birds and facial recognition software to surveil its citizens, especially Muslims. “Islam is now effectively being demonized in China.”
ATLANTIC

A Russian Teen was Reportedly Arrested for “Gay Propaganda”
A Russian teenager named Maxim Neverov, who is only 16 years old, has become the first minor charged under the “gay propaganda” law. Russian authorities have been familiar with Maxim and monitored his activities because of his community activism.
TEEN VOGUE

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