Myanmar Soldiers, Aiming to Silence Coup Protests, Target Journalists

The security forces have arrested at least 56 reporters, outlawed online news outlets and crippled communications. Young people have stepped in with their phones to help document the brutality.

#censorship, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #myanmar, #news-and-news-media, #social-media, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #zaw-min-tun

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India’s News Upstarts Challenged Modi. New Rules Could Tame Them.

Online portals have practiced aggressive journalism in a mostly compliant media landscape. But trolls and the government could now be empowered to stop them.

#ashutosh-1965, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberharassment, #freedom-of-the-press, #india, #modi-narendra, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #satya-hindi-youtube-channel, #varadarajan-siddharth-1965, #wire-the-web-site

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Iowa Journalist Who Was Arrested at Protest Is Found Not Guilty

In a rare case, Andrea Sahouri, a Des Moines Register reporter, was prosecuted after she was arrested while covering a protest against racism and police violence last May.

#des-moines-iowa, #des-moines-register, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #police, #sahouri-andrea

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Court Dismisses Trump Campaign’s Defamation Suit Against New York Times

A New York State judge ruled that the opinion essay at the center of the suit was constitutionally protected speech.

#frankel-max, #freedom-of-the-press, #new-york-times-company, #presidential-election-of-2016, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #trump-donald-j

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They Were Journalists, and Women, and Targeted for Both

As Afghanistan enters a desperate chapter, with U.S. troops potentially on the way out, insurgents are pressing a deadly campaign to silence the media and keep women home.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #jalalabad-afghanistan, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #taliban, #targeted-killings, #women-and-girls

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A Spreadsheet of China’s Censorship Shows the Human Toll

An online spreadsheet with an anonymous minder tabulates Xi Jinping’s crackdown on speech.

#china, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion

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Hong Kong’s Move to Overhaul RTHK Fans Fears of Media Crackdown

The broadcaster, Radio Television Hong Kong, is known for independent reporting often critical of the government.

#freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #news-and-news-media, #radio-television-hong-kong

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5 Reader Comments Just Cost a News Website $124,000

A panel of judges found the online outlet, Malaysiakini, guilty of contempt of court for the comments about Malaysia’s judiciary.

#censorship, #fines-penalties, #freedom-of-the-press, #gan-steven, #malaysia, #malaysiakini

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Lukashenko Jails 2 Journalists in Belarus for Covering Protests

After crushing mass demonstrations calling for his ouster, President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko has engaged in a broad crackdown on dissent and stepped up retaliation against critics.

#andreeva-catarina, #belarus, #chulcova-darja, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #sentences-criminal

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Biden Justice Dept. Asks British Court to Approve Assange Extradition

Advocates of press freedoms had urged the new administration to instead drop a Trump-era effort to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder.

#assange-julian-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #extradition, #freedom-of-the-press, #great-britain, #justice-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wikileaks

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Biden Justice Dept. Asks British Court to Approve Extradition of Julian Assange

Advocates of press freedoms had urged the new administration to instead drop a Trump-era effort to prosecute the WikiLeaks founder.

#assange-julian-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #extradition, #freedom-of-the-press, #great-britain, #justice-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wikileaks

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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Says Russia Wants to Force It Out

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has been threatened with fines and criminal charges for its journalists, forcing a tough decision on the Biden administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #freedom-of-the-press, #navalny-aleksei-a, #news-and-news-media, #putin-vladimir-v, #radio-free-europe-radio-liberty, #rt-tv-network, #russia, #sputnik-russian-news-agency, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

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With Trump Presidency Winding Down, Push for Assange Pardon Ramps Up

Supporters of the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have enlisted a lobbyist with connections to the president and filed a clemency petition with the White House.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #assange-julian-p, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blueprint-for-free-speech, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #extradition, #freedom-of-the-press, #great-britain, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-transition-us, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #stryk-robert, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wikileaks

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‘Murder the Media:” How The News Media Became a Target on Capitol Hill

“Murder the media” was scratched into a door of the Capitol. Violent protesters smashed equipment and punched a photographer.

#associated-press, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #olympia-wash, #salt-lake-tribune, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

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Vietnam Imprisons 3 Journalists Amid Broader Attack on Speech

The sentences are the latest crackdown on dissent in the one-party state, as the ruling Communist Party prepares for an important political conclave.

#freedom-of-the-press, #le-huu-minh-tuan, #news-and-news-media, #nguyen-tuong-thuy, #pham-chi-dung, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #sentences-criminal, #vietnam

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Julian Assange Faces Ruling on Extradition to U.S.

A British judge plans to rule on Monday whether the WikiLeaks founder should be sent to the U.S. to face charges of violating the Espionage Act and hacking government computers.

#assange-julian-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #decisions-and-verdicts, #extradition, #freedom-of-the-press, #great-britain, #united-states, #wikileaks

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She Chronicled China’s Crisis. Now She Is Accused of Spreading Lies

Zhang Zhan, who reported about the coronavirus from Wuhan during the lockdown, will face trial next week, in the first known case against a citizen journalist from the crisis.

#censorship, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media

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Murders of Journalists Doubled in 2020

At least 30 journalists were killed this year, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with 21 slain as a direct result of their work.

#afghanistan, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #mexico, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #news-and-news-media, #philippines, #syria

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The ‘Red Slime’ Lawsuit That Could Sink Right-Wing Media

Voting machine companies threaten “highly dangerous” cases against Fox, Newsmax and OAN, says Floyd Abrams.

#bartiromo-maria, #conspiracy-theories, #dobbs-lou, #freedom-of-the-press, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #mugica-antonio, #news-and-news-media, #pirro-jeanine, #powell-sidney-attorney, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #smartmatic, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #voting-machines

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Du Bin, Chinese Journalist, Is Detained in Beijing

Friends of Du Bin said that his detention might have been related to book projects critical of the history of Communism and China’s Communist Party.

#beijing-china, #books-and-literature, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #du-bin, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

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Wall Street Journal Opinion Editor Defends Item on Dr. Jill Biden

“There’s nothing like playing the race or gender card to stifle criticism,” Paul A. Gigot said as he accused Democrats of orchestrating a coordinated response to an op-ed piece.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #freedom-of-the-press, #gigot-paul-a, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wall-street-journal

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Iran Executes Dissident Accused of Stoking Protests

Ruhollah Zam had been convicted of encouraging an antigovernment uprising in 2017 through a Telegram channel he ran from exile in France.

#deaths-fatalities, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-the-press, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #tehran-iran, #zam-ruhollah-d-2020

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As France Shifts Right, a Hard-Line Minister Proves Indispensable to Macron

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin has become a useful tool for the French president as he responds to growing calls for law and order following a spate of terror attacks.

#content-type-personal-profile, #darmanin-gerald, #france, #freedom-of-the-press, #internal-storyline-no, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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Trump’s Lesson for the Media

Journalists should never again allow someone to create an alternative reality in order to seize the presidency.

#freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Macron’s Rightward Tilt in France Sows Wider Alarm

One bill would reach into Muslim life, and another would place new restrictions on filming of police. Critics say they’re part of a drift toward repressive government policies.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #discrimination, #en-marche-france, #france, #freedom-of-the-press, #internal-storyline-no, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #muslims-and-islam, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #religion-state-relations, #terrorism

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Chinese Reporters in the U.S. Left Uncertain by Political Spat

Caught in a tit-for-tat battle over the media between the two countries, the worried reporters say they help bring a nuanced view of American life back home.

#censorship, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

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Arnab Goswami, TV Journalist, Is Arrested in Mumbai

The conservative anchor Arnab Goswami was detained on charges of abetting a suicide in Mumbai, where an opposition party is in power.

#freedom-of-the-press, #goswami-arnab, #india, #maharashtra-india, #mumbai-india, #news-and-news-media

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RTHK’s Bao Choy Arrested After Investigations Into Hong Kong Police

Bao Choy, a producer for the public broadcaster RTHK, reported on the police’s slow response to a mob assault last year.

#assaults, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #news-and-news-media, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #radio-television-hong-kong

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Indian Police Accuse Popular TV Station of Ratings Fraud

Republic TV has torn down critics and bolstered the Indian government. Now it is under a criminal investigation.

#arg-outlier-media-pvt-ltd-republic-tv, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #freedom-of-the-press, #goswami-arnab, #india, #modi-narendra, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #ratings-audience-measurement, #television

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An Editor’s Note on the Trump Tax Investigation

The New York Times has examined decades of President Trump’s financial records, assembling the most comprehensive picture yet of his business dealings.

#federal-taxes-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-the-press, #new-york-times, #trump-tax-returns, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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China Will Learn the Hard Way That Australians Can’t Be Shamed

A transparent and egalitarian society like ours isn’t susceptible to “kompromat.”

#australia, #china, #freedom-of-the-press, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

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Los Angeles District Attorney Won’t Prosecute Reporter Arrested While Covering Shooting of Deputies

Josie Huang, a Los Angeles reporter for the public radio station KPCC and the website LAist, offered videos disputing the Sheriff’s Department’s charges.

#freedom-of-the-press, #huang-josie, #los-angeles-county-calif, #los-angeles-county-sheriffs-department

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An Indigenous Canadian Journalist Was Covering a Protest. Then He Got Arrested.

He is one of four reporters arrested while covering Indigenous affairs in a country that has been trying to make amends for its colonial past.

#aboriginal-peoples-television-network, #canada, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #dockstader-karl, #freedom-of-the-press, #indigenous-people, #news-and-news-media, #ontario-canada

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At Assange’s Extradition Hearing, Troubled Tech Takes Center Stage

The WikiLeaks founder’s high-profile case was delayed for months by the coronavirus. Now it is being hobbled by faulty livestreams and other technical issues.

#assange-julian-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #extradition, #freedom-of-the-press, #london-england, #manning-chelsea, #united-states, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #wikileaks

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China Freezes Credentials for Journalists at U.S. Outlets, Hinting at Expulsions

CNN, The Wall Street Journal and Getty Images are affected. Chinese officials told journalists, who can still work, that their fate depends on what the United States does to Chinese media employees.

#china, #freedom-of-the-press, #news-and-news-media, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas

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Trump Administration Closing Stars and Stripes newspaper

Stars and Stripes will cease print and online publication at the end of the month. A bipartisan group of senators says the Pentagon should find money in its huge budget to continue funding.

#atlantic-monthly, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #freedom-of-the-press, #newspapers, #stars-and-stripes, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Charlie Hebdo Republishes Cartoons That Prompted Deadly 2015 Attack

The decision by the French satirical magazine to recirculate cartoons about the Prophet Muhammad and Islam coincides with the start of a long-awaited trial for the attack that killed 11 of its staff.

#cabut-jean-1938-2015, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #charlie-hebdo, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #kouachi-cherif-1982-2015, #kouachi-said-1980-2015, #magazines, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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What Belarusians Can Learn From Poland

The protests, strikes and brutal police response invite comparison to Solidarity’s campaign for freedom from Moscow 40 years ago. There are differences.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #europe, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #solidarity-poland, #strikes

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Joshua Wong: Hong Kong Still Has Many Ways to Resist

We will respond to repression by demonstrating our solidarity creatively.

#apple-daily, #censorship, #china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #elections, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #lai-jimmy, #lam-carrie-1957, #law-and-legislation, #media, #national-peoples-congress-china, #news-and-news-media, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #taiwan

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We’re All Hong Kongers Now

China wants to swallow up Hong Kong’s remaining freedoms. But it can’t be allowed to arrest, on American soil, a U.S. citizen.

#apple-inc, #communist-party-of-china, #computers-and-the-internet, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #freedom-of-assembly, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #fugitives, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #lam-carrie-1957, #law-and-legislation, #national-basketball-assn, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-hong-kong, #xi-jinping

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Homeland Security Reassigns Official Whose Office Compiled Intelligence on Journalists

Brian Murphy’s office compiled reports of protesters and journalists who were covering the Trump administration’s response to unrest in Portland, Ore., last month.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homeland-security-department, #murphy-brian-j, #news-and-news-media, #portland-ore, #wolf-chad-f

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Hungary’s Independent Press Takes Another Blow and Reporters Quit

The concentration of control of the media in Hungary by the government is part of a troubling pattern in Central Europe, where Poland’s press also faces pressure following a presidential election.

#central-europe, #european-union, #freedom-of-the-press, #hungary, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #media, #news-and-news-media, #orban-viktor, #poland, #propaganda

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Froth Returns to China’s Stock Market, Echoing the 2015 Crisis

Chinese stocks are surging. Foreign investors have rushed in. University graduates and factory workers are opening up trading accounts. Is disaster on the horizon?

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #foreign-investments, #freedom-of-the-press, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #stocks-and-bonds

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Kicked Out of China, and Other Real-Life Costs of a Geopolitical Meltdown

When countries clash, here’s what happens to those of us caught in the middle.

#canada, #chinese-americans, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #freedom-of-the-press, #germany, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-relations, #london-england, #martial-arts, #moving-and-moving-industry, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #presidential-election-of-2020, #south-china-sea, #taiwan, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #visas, #wall-street-journal, #washington-post

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Why Does the N.Y.P.D. Want to Punish Journalists?

The Police Department’s proposed new rules threaten press freedom.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #new-york-city, #news-and-news-media, #police-department-nyc, #stringer-scott-m

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While America Looks Away, Autocrats Crack Down on Digital News Sites

Independent journalism is on the defensive, from Hungary to Malaysia.

#committee-to-protect-journalists, #freedom-of-the-press, #malaysia, #malaysiakini, #news-and-news-media, #rappler, #ressa-maria, #voice-of-america

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Hong Kong Security Law Squeezes Space for Media, Choking RTHK

RTHK, a government-funded news organization, has a fierce independent streak that has long angered the authorities.

#china, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #radio-television-hong-kong

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Russian Court Convicts Journalist for ‘Justifying Terrorism’

The case against the freelance reporter revolved around a 2018 text critical of the security services. Even the Kremlin’s human rights council had denounced the charges.

#ekho-moskvy, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #news-and-news-media, #prokopyeva-svetlana, #putin-vladimir-v

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New Trump Appointee Puts Global Internet Freedom at Risk, Critics Say

A battle involving Michael Pack and a U.S.-funded tech group revolves around software from Falun Gong, the secretive, anti-Beijing spiritual movement with pro-Trump elements.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bannon-stephen-k, #censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #computer-security, #epoch-times, #falun-gong, #freedom-of-the-press, #horowitz-michael-j, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #open-technology-fund, #pack-michael, #radio-free-asia, #state-department, #trump-donald-j, #ultrasurf, #united-states-agency-for-global-media, #voice-of-america

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Reading Orwell for the Fourth of July

As we celebrate freedom, speaking freely is in danger.

#china, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #orwell-george, #poland, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #xi-jinping

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