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Hayward: Give Thanks for What Remains of Free Speech

Free speech is increasingly imperiled as nations around the world turn to authoritarianism, which comes packaged as everything from iron-fisted dictatorial rule to coercive “progressivism.” One thing every brand of authoritarianism has in common is speech codes. Dissenting ideas dilute authority, so they must be suppressed. We should be thankful for the free speech that remains, and rise from our Thanksgiving tables prepared to fight for it.

Pro-democracy lawmakers display placards "Press freedom persecution" to protest while Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam delivering her policy speech at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Hong Kong government has refused to renew the work visa of Victor Mallet, a senior editor of the Financial …

Hong Kong Lawmakers Walk Out to Protest Crackdown on Press Freedom

Over a dozen Hong Kong lawmakers staged a protest in the legislature on Wednesday, chanting “Protect press freedom!” and holding up placards reading “Free Press, No Persecution,” until security guards escorted them from the chamber.

The Latest: Turkey summons Saudi envoy over missing writer

Erdogan Asks Riyadh to ‘Prove’ Journalist Left Consulate

Ankara – Turkey’s president has demanded Saudi officials prove their claim that missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as the US called for a thorough probe into his disappearance.

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China Drafts Regulation to Ban Foreign News

China’s state-run Global Times reported on Friday that officials have drafted a new regulation banning foreign news from distribution in China. The goal is to “prevent Western ideology infiltration and destabilization of China.”

Kashmiri men carry coffin of Shujaat Bukhari, the slain editor-in-chief of the Srinagar based English language daily newspaper Rising Kashmir, during his funeral procession at Kreeri, 40 Kilometres (25 miles) from Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, June 15, 2018. The Committee to Protect Journalists is urging Indian authorities to investigate …

Veteran Journalist Gunned Down in Kashmir

52-year-old journalist Shujaat Bukhari — founder and editor of the English-language daily paper Rising Kashmir — was reportedly murdered by three motorcycle-riding gunmen outside his office in the city center of Lal Chowk on Thursday evening.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro -- with his wife Cilia Flores at a rally in Caracas on January 23 -- looks to have a clear run for a second term, with the main opposition coalition barred from taking part in the election

NGO: Venezuela’s Press Crackdown Worsened in 2017

Last year saw a steep rise in crackdowns against press freedom in Venezuela, which involved a decline in freedom of expression, censorship, and the closure of independent media outlets, according to a new report.