In the wake of the killing of five members of the Capital Gazette newspaper staff, journalists nationwide reflect on the barrages of hate they receive in their inboxes and social media feeds. (Reference PEN America’s Online Harassment Field Manual for help if you are a victim, an employer, or an ally.) The newspaper’s surviving staff say they won’t forget their fallen colleagues and their journalistic mission—or that they and other journalists have been called “an enemy of the people”. President Trump says on Fox News that his critics are “dangerous for the country”. “Families Belong Together” protests of Trump immigration polices held nationwide. The New York Times analyzes conservatives’ increasing use of First Amendment arguments to pursue their agenda in the courts. -Dru Menaker, Chief Operating Officer

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


For Local Newspapers, Angry Readers Are a Given. But Killings Send Shivers.
The fatal shooting at the Capital Gazette reverberated throughout newsrooms across the country, not only for its tragedy but also for the familiarity of conflicts like the suspected gunman’s long-running feud with the paper.

Our Say: Thank You. We Will Not Forget.
“Thank you for the outpouring of sympathy for the terrible tragedy… We will never forget Rob Hiaasen, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, John McNamara, or Rebecca Smith, our five co-workers who were gunned down in a senseless attack.”

Trump Calls His Critics ‘Very Dangerous for the Country’
Responding to a question from Maria Bartiromo about recent criticism against Trump and members of his administration, Trump warned his critics that they’d “better take it easy”, and cautioned that they are “dangerous for the country.”

From L.A. to N.Y., Hundreds of Thousands Join Nationwide Rallies to Protest Trump’s Immigration Policies
Galvanized by the images and voices of migrant children separated from their parents by Trump’s immigration policies, thousands took to the streets across America to express outrage that they hope will carry over into the fall election.

How Conservatives Weaponized the First Amendment
Conservative groups, borrowing and building on liberal arguments, have used the First Amendment to justify unlimited campaign spending, discrimination against gay couples, and attacks on the regulation of tobacco, pharmaceuticals, and guns.


Myanmar Judge to Decide Next Week Whether to Try Case of Reuters Journalists Held for 200 Days *PEN Case List
A Myanmar judge will decide next week whether two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, will be charged with violating the country’s colonial-era secrecy law over their coverage of the Rohingya crisis after hearing arguments in court.

Nauru Blocks ABC from Pacific Forum Over ‘Bias and False Reporting’
The government of Nauru has blocked the ABC from covering the Pacific Islands Forum, refusing to issue its journalists visas because of allegations of interference in its politics, bias, and false reporting.

In Pictures: ‘End One-Party Dictatorship’—50,000 Join March for Democracy in Hong Kong, Say Organisers
Beijing has become intolerant of signs of dissent in semi-autonomous Hong Kong since massive pro-democracy rallies in 2014 brought parts of the city to a standstill and the subsequent emergence of activists demanding independence from China.

Cambodian PM’s Son Gets Military Roles Amid Human Rights Concerns
The move to promote the son of Cambodia’s long-serving leader to two senior military posts comes after 12 generals were accused of committing decades of human rights abuses to prop up Prime Minister says a Human Rights Watch report.

Malawian President Says Corruption Reports ‘Fake News’
Malawian President Peter Mutharika said reports accusing him of fraudulently benefiting from a near $4 million government contact were “fake news” as part of a ploy to smear him ahead of a national election next year.

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