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Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard sues Google alleging it violated her First Amendment rights when the platform briefly suspended her campaign advertising. Judge dismisses libel lawsuit filed by Covington Catholic Student against The Washington Post for having accused him of being ‘racist.’ Through powerful investigative reporting, small news outlet played critical role in Puerto Rico governor stepping down. -Nora Benavidez, Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs

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


Tulsi Gabbard, Democratic Presidential Candidate, Sues Google for $50 Million
Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the presidential candidate from Hawaii, said in a federal lawsuit that Google infringed on her free speech when it briefly suspended her campaign’s advertising account after the first Democratic debate in June.

Judge Dismisses Covington Catholic Student’s Lawsuit against Washington Post
A federal judge has thrown out a Kentucky teen’s lawsuit accusing The Washington Post of falsely labeling him a racist following an encounter with a Native American man at the Lincoln Memorial. The judge ruled that there may have been “erroneous” opinions published by the Post, but they are protected by the First Amendment.

How One Small News Organization’s Investigative Reporting Took down Puerto Rico’s Governor
“Eleven days. That’s the time it took from a Puerto Rican news organization’s publication of nearly 900 pages of devastating documents to a governor’s forced resignation. … Their righteous anger couldn’t be denied or contained. If journalism is judged on its impact—as it rightly is—this was some potent stuff.”

DREAMers in New York City Break Their Silence in PEN America Workshop
Under the instruction of award-winning novelist and essayist Álvaro Enrigue, and with supportive feedback from each other, students in the “DREAMing Out Loud” workshop honed short stories, essays, and poems that paint vivid pictures of undocumented life in New York City—those stories, 58 in total, are now compiled in a book.
*Find out more about the workshop series


DW Journalist Briefly Arrested at Moscow Protest
DW’s Sergey Dik was detained while covering an opposition rally in Moscow, despite telling officers he was a journalist. When he presented his press accreditation to police, he was told it was “some worthless document.”

Brazil President Raises Jail as Possibility for Greenwald
Brazil’s president renewed his attacks on journalist Glenn Greenwald, raising the possibility of jail a few days after members of his party said the American’s Brazil-based internet publication was “aligned with criminal hackers” for reporting the contents of hacked phone conversations involving the current justice minister.

Four Big Chinese Films Have Been Pulled in a Month with Barely an Explanation
Four seemingly innocuous big-budget movies have been abruptly pulled from Chinese cinemas in one month, sparking suspicion they fell afoul of the country’s censors. Censorship of China’s film and television has ramped up in recent years, with some films banned for their inclusion of homosexuality, cleavage, hip hop, and tattoos.

The War on Drugs in Mexico Is Also a War on Journalists
“In Mexico, journalists are hunted. More than 140 have been murdered or disappeared in the last 12 years. We are gunned down in our homes or snagged as we leave the office or blown away on the street. Nobody’s paying for those crimes.”

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