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Study finds that internet users over the age of 65 are disproportionately more likely to share fraudulent news. Iowa’s Agricultural Production Facility Fraud law, known as the ‘ag gag’ law, deemed unconstitutional by a federal court on the grounds that it violates First Amendment-protected free speech rights. Debate continues over whether TV networks should have broadcast Trump’s falsehood-ridden address live. 100 days after the murder of journalist and columnist Jamal Khashoggi, supporters including PEN America renew the call for justice. (See our campaign and add your name here.) -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

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


People Older Than 65 Share the Most Fake News, a New Study Finds
Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic—including party affiliation.

Iowa ‘Ag Gag’ Law Ruled Unconstitutional, Struck down by Federal Judge
The 2012 law made it a crime for journalists and advocacy groups to go undercover at meatpacking plants, livestock confinements, puppy mills, and other ag-related operations to investigate working conditions, animal welfare, food safety, and environmental hazards, among other practices.

Trump’s Oval Office Address Was a Pure Propaganda Opportunity. Networks Shouldn’t Allow It Next Time.
“I wouldn’t suggest, for a moment, that network television and the rest of the mainstream media should ignore what the president says. … But broadcasting him live and unfiltered—whether in an Oval Office speech, or an impromptu news conference, or at a campaign rally—has been a bad idea for quite some time.”

U.S. Advocacy Group Sues Cia to Release Khashoggi Files
The Open Society Justice Initiative, a New York-based law center, has filed a lawsuit against the CIA under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain records related to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


Justice Still Elusive 100 Days after Khashoggi’s Murder
It has been 100 days since Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. People have been gathering outside the consulate to remember him and vowing to continue the fight for justice.

European Court Orders Baku to Pay Journalist $19,000 over Blackmail Campaign *2015 Freedom to Write Award Honoree: Find Out More
The court ruled that Azerbaijan failed in its duty under the European Convention on Human Rights “to investigate acts which had been an affront to Khadija Ismayilova’s human dignity” and to protect her freedom of expression.

Cambodian Man Jailed for Insulting King in Facebook Posts
A Cambodian court has jailed a man for three years for insulting the king in Facebook posts, the second known conviction under a new lèse-majesté law enacted last year that rights groups fear could be used to stifle dissent.

Security Forces Find Body of Iraqi Journalist in Baghdad
The body of Samir Ali Shgara, a local journalist who worked for an Arabic-language satellite TV channel, was found dumped near al-Qanat Street with bullet holes in his head. Iraq is considered one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

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