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Turkey jails journalists as president drops insult cases
Turkey imprisoned 23 journalists this weekend amid an ongoing purge targeting those linked to the July 15 coup attempt, while its president said he was withdrawing all insult complaints against detractors.
INTERNATIONAL PRESS INSTITUTE

Thai activist’s mother charged over Facebook post
Patnaree Chankij, the mother of a leading activist against the military junta in Thailand, was charged with insulting the country’s monarchy in a one-word Facebook post.
REUTERS

Hong Kong independence activist banned from elections
Andy Chan, founder of the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party, has been disqualified from September’s legislative polls. Officials say his views go against the city’s Basic Law.
DEUTSCHE WELLE

St. Louis journalist fired after Facebook post on Michael Brown’s mom
Bobby Hughes, a St. Louis journalist, has been fired after making offensive Facebook comments about the mother of Michael Brown, the teenager whose shooting death led to the birth of the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.
CBS NEWS

China releases prominent human rights lawyer on bail
China released Wang Yu, a prominent human rights lawyer, on bail amid protests. Dozens of lawyers and activists have been detained, questioned or charged with subversion since July last year.
MIDLAND DAILY NEWS

Fighting for free speech on America’s campuses
Students are, wittingly or not, becoming vocal opponents of free speech by demanding protections and safe spaces from offensive words and behaviors.
NEW YORK TIMES

Why the media are taking a positive outlook
News always has a habit of erring on the grim side. But an increasing number of news businesses are investing in positive news operations: journalism that focuses on solving problems and encouraging audiences to take action.
THE GUARDIAN