Tag: Freedom of Speech and Expression

‘We’re Almost Extinct’: China’s Investigative Journalists Are Silenced Under Xi

BEIJING — She was once one of China’s most feared journalists, roaming the country uncovering stories about police brutality, wrongful convictions and environmental disasters. But these days, Zhang Wenmin struggles to be heard. The police intimidate Ms. Zhang’s sources. The authorities shut down her social media accounts. Unable to find news outlets that will publish […]

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White House Hosts Social Media Summit for Pro-Trump Digital Warriors

WASHINGTON — The day of a planned White House social media summit was off to an energetic start on Thursday, when President Trump blasted out a round of Twitter insults against his enemies, defended the Pledge of Allegiance, called himself “great looking and smart” and announced an afternoon Rose Garden news conference on his administration’s […]

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White House Hosts a Meeting for Pro-Trump Twitter Warriors

WASHINGTON — The day of a planned White House social media summit was off to an energetic start on Thursday, when President Trump blasted out a round of Twitter insults against his enemies, defended the Pledge of Allegiance, called himself “great looking and smart” and announced an afternoon Rose Garden news conference on his administration’s […]

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Far-Right Groups Face Off With Counterprotesters in Washington

WASHINGTON — It was a familiar scene in the nation’s capital: Both sides came to be heard, but neither seemed interested in listening. Hundreds of far-right activists faced off with counterprotesters on Saturday in a heavily secured public plaza in Washington, surrounded by police officers and swarms of journalists watching for the slightest signs of […]

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Europe Built a System to Fight Russian Meddling. It’s Struggling.

BRUSSELS — The European Union launched an ambitious effort earlier this year to combat election interference: an early-warning system that would sound alarms about Russian propaganda. Despite high expectations, however, records show that the system has become a repository for a mishmash of information, produced no alerts and is already at risk of becoming defunct. […]

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France Will Debate a Bill to Stop Online Hate Speech. What’s at Stake?

PARIS — The French Parliament will start debating a bill on online hate speech and harassment on Wednesday, as countries around the world grapple with the question of what content is acceptable online and how to regulate huge technological platforms with a global reach. In France, laws regulating free speech are generally more restrictive than […]

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China Vowed to Safeguard Hong Kong’s Freedoms. Some See a Wolf at the Door.

July 1997: Handover.CreditTorsten Blackwood/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images June 2019: Protest.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times Promises are the currency of power. In this series, The Times is going back to the scene of major news events to see how well they have been kept. HONG KONG — When Britain returned Hong Kong […]

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Barring Vulgar Trademarks

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law barring the registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks, saying it ran afoul of the First Amendment. The court also made it harder for news organizations and the public to obtain commercial information under the Freedom of Information Act. The trademark case concerned a […]

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Are We Headed for War With Iran?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the United States barreling toward war with Iran? This week on “The Argument,” Op-Ed columnist Bret Stephens joins his colleagues to discuss the recent uptick in tensions between Washington and Tehran — and […]

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Hong Kong Was a Refuge for Mainland Chinese. The Extradition Bill Could Change That.

HONG KONG — Minnie Li understands what is at stake with the contentious Hong Kong bill that would allow extraditions to China. A Shanghai native, she moved to Hong Kong in 2008 to study sociology then stayed, she said, because she enjoyed its freedom of speech and other civil liberties that are absent in her […]

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One Thing You Can Do: Plan a Climate-Friendly Cookout

Welcome to the Climate Fwd: newsletter. The New York Times climate team emails readers once a week with stories and insights about climate change. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. By Eduardo Garcia ImageCreditTyler Varsell The barbecue season has arrived. I went to my first cookout of the year a couple of […]

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Infowars Agrees to Part Ways With Pepe the Frog

The creator of Pepe the Frog, a cartoon amphibian adopted as a far-right mascot during the 2016 presidential campaign, has successfully sued in recent years to keep his creation from appearing on white nationalist websites, alt-right Reddit forums and the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer. On Monday, the conspiracy website Infowars became the latest online […]

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Jury Finds Oberlin College Libeled a Bakery and Awards $11 Million in Damages

In November 2016, a black Oberlin College student walked into a family-run shop near the Ohio school to buy wine with a fake ID, according to court records. A white employee, the grandson of an owner, suspected that the student was also trying to steal wine, and chased him outside, placing him in a chokehold, […]

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YouTube Is a Very Bad Judge and Jury

Charlie Warzel: It’s been a rough week for YouTube, even by tech backlash standards. Just this week the company has come under fire for creating a “digital playground” for pedophiles. Then, it attempted to purge extremist content from its site, only to accidentally delete a number of videos on Nazi history made by professors as […]

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F.B.I., Pushing to Stop Domestic Terrorists, Grapples With Limits on Its Power

EVERETT, Wash. — Dakota Reed’s mind brimmed with thoughts of mass murder. In November, he wrote on Facebook, “I am shooting for 30 Jews.” The next month, he uploaded a video of himself in his bedroom of his mother’s Seattle-area home proudly displaying new gun sights he had mounted on his AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle. White […]

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Tiananmen Anniversary Draws Silence in Beijing but Emotion in Hong Kong

BEIJING — Thirty years after Chinese soldiers killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators in Beijing and other cities, memories of the violence remain fraught, with China detaining activists, tightening censorship and denouncing calls for a full accounting of the bloodshed. Anniversaries of the crackdown around Tiananmen Square that began on the evening of June 3, […]

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A ‘Fake News’ Law Gives Singapore Worrisome Powers

Singapore this month joined the rapidly growing list of countries seeking to shield their citizens from harmful content online by passing anti-fake news legislation. While critics have focused on the legislation’s risks to free speech, there’s another, equally grave, concern about this law, which is likely to become a model for the region and possibly […]

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