First Five: The Marrakesh Declaration, the politics of Silicon Valley, and a new bill that would bar the censorship of student journalists

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INSIDE THE FIRST AMENDMENT

AT MOROCCO SUMMIT, MUSLIM LEADERS STAND UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Charles C. Haynes, Newseum Institute
The Marrakesh Declaration comes at a time of unprecedented persecution of Christians and other minority groups by extremists acting in the name of Islam in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia..


TRUMP, FOX, KELLY AND THE HISTORY, HYPE AND HOPE OF DEBATES

Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute
The observation that should catch the attention of First Amendment advocates is Trump’s view of the purpose behind this last Republican debate before the Iowa primary, apparently shared by many, that the point of the exercise is television ratings and network profits.


PANEL DISCUSSIONS

THE UNUSUAL POLITICS OF SILICON VALLEY

Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute
Gene Policinski talks with author Gregory Ferenstein, whose new book “The Age of Optimists” is a data-driven examination of Silicon Valley’s political endgame. The discussion explores how the Titans of Tech view Democrats and Republicans, and the implications of these views on the 2016 presidential election.


COMMENTARY

SOCIAL MEDIA: DESTROYER OR CREATOR?

Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times
Does it turn out that social media is better at breaking things than at making things? Yes, according to Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian Google employee whose anonymous Facebook page helped to launch the Tahrir Square revolution in 2011 that toppled President Mubarak.


IN THE NEWS

NEW BILL WOULD BAR CENSORSHIP OF STUDENT JOURNALISTS; PHOTOGRAPHER IN VIRAL MIZZOU VIDEO VOICES SUPPORT

Jack Suntrup, St. Louis Post Dispatch
The bill would prohibit the outright censorship of student-run publications by administrators.


VENEZUELA’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY REOPENS TO THE PRESS AFTER FIVE-YEAR BAN

John Otis, Committee to Protect Journalists
The five-year ban on congressional press coverage was part of an array of legislation, threats, and regulatory measures CPJ has documented, that were enacted by Venezuela’s socialist government-first led by Chávez and now by President Maduro-to clamp down and silence independent news outlets.


HOW THE NEW YORK TIMES IS USING UNPUBLISHED IMAGES FROM THE ARCHIVES TO TELL STORIES IT MISSED THE FIRST TIME

Kristen Hare, Poynter
The unpublished images offer new stories that weren’t told at the time, and Swarns, a New York Times reporter, is clear about why in the series’ introduction. The staff was smaller. Words mattered more then.

 

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