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Maria Ressa’s Libel Conviction Is a Blow to Press Freedom

James Risen The Intercept
Ressa and Rappler have so angered Duterte with their unstinting coverage of his brutal drug war, which has left thousands dead, that since 2017, Duterte has used one trumped-up legal charge after another to try to silence them.

Extradition of Assange Would Set a Dangerous Precedent

Marjorie Cohn Truthout
Julian Assange “In 20 years of work with victims of war, violence and political persecution I have never seen a group of democratic States ganging up to deliberately isolate, demonise and abuse a single individual for such a long time...

Reporters Face New Threats From the Governments They Cover

James Risen The New York Times
The cases against Julian Assange and Glenn Greenwald may be models for a crackdown. The Trump administration and the right-wing Brazilian government of President Jair Bolsonaro seem to have decided to experiment with such draconian anti-press tactics

Media Bits and Bytes - October 8, 2019

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FCC Beats Back Net Neutrality; Making Journalists Beg; The State of Cable News in Trump's Crisis; iPhone Exploits; Egypt's Rising Movement Finds a Cartoon Rallying Point
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