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8:30 AM ET, January 28, 2020


 Top News: 
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Felicia Sonmez shares her account of suspension from WaPo, says Managing Editor Tracy Grant had concerns that the tweets didn't pertain to her coverage area  —  The Post has suspended reporter Felicia Sonmez following her social-media activity over the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant.
Washington Post Guild:
Washington Post Guild issues scathing critique of the paper's suspension of Felicia Sonmez, says WaPo should let her return and provide a security detail  —  To Marty Baron and Tracy Grant: We write to share our alarm and dismay that our newsroom leaders have chosen to place Felicia Sonmez …
Ariel Zilber / Daily Mail:
WaPo suspends Felicia Sonmez after she tweeted a story about a rape allegation against Kobe Bryant, responded to criticism, and detailed abuse sent to her email  —  Felicia Sonmez (right), who covers national politics for The Washington Post, posted a link to a story about the Kobe Bryant rape case …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
NPR's Michele Kelemen has been removed from Mike Pompeo's press pool for a trip to UK and Ukraine, a few days after Pompeo responded angrily to an NPR interview  —  New York (CNN Business)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appears to be escalating his criticism of NPR — this time not just with words but with actions.
David Sharman / HoldtheFrontPage:
UK government says Cairncross review's recommendation to create an institution for public interest news would amount to inappropriate government interference  —  The government has rejected the central recommendation from a report into the future of news provision to set up an “institute for public interest news.”
Raymond Zhong / New York Times:
As China tries to contain the coronavirus, the sheer volume of criticism of the government overwhelms censors and tests China's ability to control the narrative  —  The sheer volume of criticism of the government, and the sometimes clever ways that critics dodge censors, are testing Beijing's ability to control the narrative.
Edward Snowden / Washington Post:
Charges against Assange arguing interactions with sources can be a crime have created a template for other countries, with Brazil arguing the same for Greenwald  —  Edward Snowden is the author of “Permanent Record” and is the president of Freedom of the Press Foundation …
New York Times:
India restores internet access in Kashmir to 301 “whitelisted” sites, including Netflix and NYT, after nearly six months, but all social media remain blocked  —  The announcement applied only to 301 websites, and many Kashmiris said they were still in an information black hole.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Sinclair has settled its lawsuit stemming from its failed merger with Tribune in 2018, agreeing to pay Tribune owner Nexstar $60M and transfer over a KY station  —  Under the terms of the settlement, Sinclair will transfer control of WDKY-TV in the Lexington, Kentucky market.
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
SuperAwesome, which offers tools for kid-safe advertising that comply with COPPA and GDPR, raises $17M from Microsoft's M12, says it had $55M in revenue in 2019  —  While it seems like the walls are caving in on certain areas of ad tech, some companies are still flying high …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Initial coverage of Kobe Bryant's death was an illuminating example of how breaking news reports will be wrong due to the drive to be first at any cost  —  If the media world were ruled by thoughtfulness, rigor and ethics, TMZ wouldn't have broken the news about Sunday's helicopter crash …
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