In one of the more meta moments of the Trump Presidency, Kellyanne “Alternative Facts” Conway remarks that people lie on television. The ACLU taunts Trump with billboards touting the First Amendment in Arabic and Spanish. Tillerson shirks the press pool for his meeting with Putin, and smirks when the Russian Foreign Minister mocks Washington Post journalist Andrea Mitchell. Fearless Girl, a statue erected by a bank as a PR stunt, is locked in a standoff over artistic freedom with the sculptor who created Wall Street’s iconic Charging Bull, an image now associated with Wall Street excesses. -Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director

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U.S.

Kellyanne Conway Criticizes ‘Presumptively Negative’ Media Coverage of Trump
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, at a conference on the relationship between the media and the Trump administration, criticized what she described as “presumptively negative” media coverage of the president’s first 100 days.
VARIETY

ACLU Sends Powerful Message To Trump With First Amendment Billboards
The ACLU is sending a powerful message to Trump about civil rights by posting the First Amendment in English, Spanish, and Arabic on billboards across the country. The goal of its campaign is to send a message that Americans’ rights ― particularly those of immigrants, Latinx and Muslims ― are protected by the Constitution.
HUFFINGTON POST

Tillerson leaves press pool behind to meet Putin
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly abandoned his press pool for an unscheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. Moscow on Monday had said that Tillerson would not be meeting with the Russian president during his first official visit to the country.
THE HILL

Wounded by ‘Fearless Girl,’ Creator of ‘Charging Bull’ Wants Her to Move
The sculptor who created the “Charging Bull” sculpture on Wall Street nearly 30 years ago has stated that “Fearless Girl” was an insult to his work, which he created after the stock market crashes in the late 1980s. Since March 7, “Charging Bull” has faced off against “Fearless Girl,” a statue of a girl posed with her fists on her hips that was commissioned by State Street Global Advisors.
NEW YORK TIMES

These Are The 10 Most Banned And Challenged Books In America Right Now
On Monday, the American Library Association released its annual report of the most-challenged books and articles nationwide. Among the 10 titles that parents and other gatekeepers challenged or banned are coming-of-age graphic novel This One Summer and Drama, an illustrated story with an LGBTQ character.
HUFFINGTON POST

 
Global

Uganda Tries to Commit Critic of President to Mental Institution
Academic Stella Nyanzi was charged on Monday with “cyberharassment” after a series of Facebook posts this year, particularly one in which she described President Museveni as a “pair of buttocks.” An application was also submitted to commit Ms. Nyanzi to a psychiatric hospital so that doctors could “determine” her mental health.
NEW YORK TIMES

Houthi court sentences abducted journalist to death
A Houthi court has sentenced abducted journalist Yahya Abduraqeeb al-Jubaihi to death on Wednesday, accusing him of collaborating with enemy states, activists said. This is the first time a journalist has been sentenced to death in Yemen.
AL ARABIYA

China’s WeChat censoring ‘sensitive’ photos, not just text, study shows
China’s messaging app WeChat is filtering not only keywords, but also images deemed sensitive, without users’ knowledge. The findings came after its University of Toronto researchers studied how the app removed discussions and posts concerning a nationwide crackdown on rights lawyers and activists in China.
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

‘Journalism is becoming powerless’: Inside a nervous Turkish newsroom as the government closes in
Journalism has been a risky enterprise in any of Turkey’s recent eras, but since a failed coup attempt last summer sent the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan into a frenzied hunt for its enemies, members of the news media have faced exceptional peril.
WASHINGTON POST

Corruption & Self-Censorship in South Korea
Amid a presidential scandal, press freedom is slipping and public perception of corruption is rising. A key factor in this perception of corruption is the dominant role of the “chaebols” — the large, often family-owned and family-run industrial conglomerates in South Korea.
THE GLOBALIST

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