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A court in #Belarus on Thursday sentenced Hienadz Mazheyka, a reporter for the now-closed local edition of one of Russia's most popular newspapers, to three years in prison for a 2021 article that angered President Alexander Lukashenko. https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/reporter-russian-paper-sentenced-3-years-belarus-98072211
In advance of TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew’s testimony before Congress on March 23, PEN America released a letter signed by more than a dozen other civil liberties, digital rights and anti-censorship organizations opposing a wholesale ban on TikTok in the U.S. https://pen.org/press-release/pen-america-with-other-free-speech-organizations-sends-letter-to-congress-opposing-proposed-national-tiktok-ban/
Crowds gathered on a recent Friday at a Melbourne, FL, Ben & Jerry's. But it wasn't the Cherry Garcia drawing the extra customers. It was opening night for the "Banned Book Nook"—and customers scooped up novels, memoirs and biographies along with ice cream https://www.npr.org/2023/03/23/1164284891/book-bans-school-libraries-florida