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6:30 PM ET, May 29, 2018

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Joseph Otterson / Variety:
ABC cancels hit sitcom Roseanne after racist tweet from star Roseanne Barr; ABC says tweet was “abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values”  —  ABC has pulled the plug on “Roseanne.”  —  “Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values …
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Talent agency ICM Partners drops Roseanne Barr as a client after her racist tweet and cancellation of sitcom
Discussion: Mediaite, Vox and @koblin
Associated Press:
Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, a fierce critic of Kremlin policies, was shot and killed Tuesday in Kiev; police think he was targeted because of his work  —  MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian journalist was shot and killed in the Ukrainian capital Tuesday, and the national police said he apparently was targeted because of his work.
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Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
Morgan Freeman's lawyer writes to CNN President Jeff Zucker, demanding a retraction of the network's story about the actor sexually harassing women
Avi Asher-Schapiro / Committee to Protect Journalists:
A DNC lawsuit against WikiLeaks raises press freedom questions about whether journalists could be implicated by sources' illegal behavior  —  In 1993, WILK radio host Frederick Vopper broadcast a conversation intercepted by an illegal wiretap and sent anonymously to the Pennsylvania radio station …
Trey Williams / The Wrap:
Shari Redstone says National Amusements had already advised Viacom it no longer supported a merger with CBS, before CBS moved to strip her of voting power  —  Shari Redstone said on Tuesday that she and her family's company, National Amusements Inc., “no longer supported” …
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Eleanor Ainge Roy / The Guardian:
Papua New Guinea says it will ban Facebook for a month in a bid to crack down on fake users and study how fake news and pornography spreads  —  Analysts will explore how fake news and pornography spreads, and assess whether country needs its own version of the platform
Erin Biba / The Daily Beast:
Female journalists reporting or commenting on Tesla say they face online abuse, including death and rape threats, from supporters of Elon Musk  —  Female journalists who cover Elon Musk have the same personal rule: Mention his name on Twitter at your peril.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Tronc is buying Virginia's largest paper, Norfolk's The Virginian-Pilot, in an all-cash deal for $34M, becoming the latest conglomerate to buy a local paper  —  Newspaper conglomerate Tronc, which owns a plethora of local American newspapers like The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Tribune …
David Gauthier-Villars / Wall Street Journal:
How Turkey is strangling independent media by blocking sites, jailing reporters via terrorism support allegations, and pressuring advertisers to remove ads  —  As crackdown whittles away media not beholden to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, survivors are strapped for cash, facing prison
Discussion: @janetlevinson7
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Trump's claim that the NYT used “phony sources” in story on off-record briefing with WH official sparks debate about describing his false claims as “lies”  —  The weekend began with a series of tweets from the president, and, like so many times before, several of them contained factually incorrect information.
Mike Barnes / Hollywood Reporter:
Veteran CBS News radio correspondent Bob Fuss, who covered Capitol Hill for more than two decades, has died aged 64 from a rare form of leukemia  —  Using crutches his entire life, he covered the Oscars and worked on Capitol Hill for more than two decades.  —  Bob Fuss, the inspirational reporter …
Discussion: @susanpage
 
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Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Wharton professor and renowned antitrust law expert Herbert Hovenkamp says the Dept of Justice is likely to succeed in blocking AT&T-Time Warner deal
Discussion: The Wrap
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Two journalists, Mike McCormick and Aaron Smeltzer, have been killed while on assignment in North Carolina after a tree fell and crushed their news van
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
London's Daily Telegraph promotes Tech Editor James Titcomb to chief of its new Silicon Valley Bureau, announces six new hires to its tech reporting team
Sijia Jiang / Reuters:
Tencent pulls ~$4.7M investment in WeChat-based media company Chaping after criticism in state media over the startup's handling of copyright issues
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources on TMZ founder Harvey Levin and Trump's friendship, Levin's work to discredit women accusing Trump of assault, and TMZ staff alarm at pro-Trump coverage
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
iQiyi debuts its first on-demand physical movie theater in China, with mini-theaters seating two to 10, that users can rent by the hour to watch iQiyi's content
Discussion: Fortune