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Michael Avenatti Bars Media from His Own Testimony in Bankruptcy Court

Michael Avenatti told CNN: “I’m all for freedom of the press and open access. But everything has its limits. My personal financial dealings and that of an old law firm are of no relevance and, you know, were not going to be leveraged by other people who are trying to get famous and take advantage of the situation.”

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‘Free Iran’: Pro-Trump Iranians, Canadians Rally in Front of White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Sunday, dozens of Iranian ex-patriots, Americans, American-Iranians, Canadians, and Canadian-Iranians gathered in front of the White House in Lafayette Square Park to vocalize their support for President Donald Trump and urge him to be the leader to help usher in a free Iran.

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Turkish Journalists, Banned at Home, Set up Shop in Germany

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Facing harassment, enforced shutdowns and the threat of jail at home, Turkey’s journalists in exile are using Germany as a base to report on political turmoil in their country ahead of Sunday’s referendum.

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Internet Association to Fight for Reinstating ‘Net Neutrality’

With the rollback of the Obama Administration’s Net Neutrality almost complete, the Internet Association issued a manifesto to the now Republican-dominated FCC stating they intend to fight to bring back politicized regulations they worked so hard to implement.


Turkey Slaps Down German Request to Release Journalist

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says his German counterpart has requested the release of German daily Die Welt’s jailed correspondent and described the demand as “unacceptable.”

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Turkish PM Dismisses European Parliament Press Freedom Warning

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday dismissed a “red line” warning on press freedom by the European Parliament’s president following the detention of several journalists from the opposition daily Cumhuriyet.

Critics of the plan to privatize oversight of the internet have argued that it would leave the internet accountable to no one and enable repressive regimes to exercise more control

Texas Leads Lawsuit to Stop Obama Hand-Over of Internet

Four state attorneys general filed a lawsuit in Texas to stop the Obama Administration from giving control of the Internet to an international organization that lists several authoritarian regimes as advisers on its board.


Turkish President Lashes Out at ‘Shameless’ NYT over Free Press Editorial: ‘Know Your Place’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the opportunity of speaking to a think tank in Istanbul on Monday to attack The New York Times for sounding the alarm on freedom of the press in Turkey. He suggested that its criticisms of Erdogan’s use of the legal system to intimidate news outlets was “overstepping the limits of freedom,” and told the New York outlet, “Know your place.”

Manhunt intensifies after Charlie Hebdo terrorist suspects rob gas station

Opinion: The Right Not to Offend

I don’t much feel like re-posting the Muhammad cartoons for which Charlie Hebdo became famous. It’s not a matter of fear, or political correctness. A decade ago, I was living in the heart of the Muslim community in Cape Town, writing articles against fundamentalism and in defense of the U.S. and Israel even while I enjoyed breaking Ramadan fasts with friends and neighbors. I did so at some considerable risk to my personal safety. I was lucky to meet religious Muslims who wanted nothing to do with violence–and it is precisely because of those relationships that I choose not to offend, even while standing with Charlie Hebdo.