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To fight ‘hate speech,’ stop talking about it
We should forever fight the phenomenon of hateful speech in its many forms, but it’s time to retire the term “hate speech.” Its meaning is inexact, elastic, and often misunderstood. If we want to combat the harms of distasteful, denigrating and dangerous ideas, we need precise tools and precise terms. THE WASHINGTON POST

NPR photographer and interpreter killed in Afghanistan
David Gilkey, an NPR photojournalist who chronicled pain and beauty in war and conflict, was killed in Afghanistan on Sunday along with NPR’s Afghan interpreter Zabihullah Tamanna. David and Zabihullah were on assignment for the network traveling with an Afghan army unit. NPR

‘We’re all Darfurians’: Sudan’s protest movement makes bold return
A new protest movement is gaining momentum in Sudan as thousands of young people across the country unite against the government. Last week two students joined dozens others currently being held in detention, after fresh protests against attacks on civilians in west and south Darfur. THE GUARDIAN

Leading Malaysian journalist calls media crackdown an attempt to ‘limit fallout from graft scandal’
Senior Malaysian journalist Mustapha Kamil quit a leading newspaper in April due to an increasingly authoritarian stand by the government toward media. He attributes this crack down on freedom of speech as an attempt to limit the fallout from a graft scandal surrounding a state investment fund. THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Burundi arrests journalist
Egide Ndayisenga from Bonisha FM, a leading radio station in Burundi, was arrested on Sunday morning in the northwestern city of Cibitoke, and handed over to the secret service. Burundi’s government has sought to silence independent journalists at home and regularly lashes out at the international media. TIMES LIVE

No One Will Save You From Cellphone Tracking
Nearly everywhere your cellphone goes in the world, it is tracked. When you start or end a call, your cell provider logs a piece of data saying where your phone is in the world. Of course this kind of tracking doesn’t just follow your cellphone. If you’re carrying your phone while it does all these things, then you are tracked, too. THE ATLANTIC

Mexico’s telecommunications law allows broadcasts in indigenous languages
Starting June 2, broadcasters in Mexico may legally transmit information in any of the native languages of the country that are recognized as national languages, including indigenous languages. Article 230 of the 2014 Federal Law for Telecommunications and Radio Broadcasting previously said that stations “must use the national language,” interpreted to mean Spanish. JOURNALISM IN THE AMERICAS

Journalist killed in Somalia
Female journalist Sagal Salad Osman, who worked at state-run Radio Mogadishu, was shot outside a university by unidentified gunmen and later died at a hospital in the city. Fifty-nine journalists have been killed in Somalia since 1992, soon after a civil war began in the Horn of Africa nation, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.