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Western journalists have it easy. It is true that US President Donald Trump has raised hackles with his claims that the mainstream media are “fake news” and “enemies of the people”. But that is nothing, writes Gideon Rachman, compared with the scores of Turkish journalists who have been thrown in jail and the recent murder of Saudi commentator Jamal Khashoggi.

While it is shocking that CNN’s Jim Acosta had his White House press pass pulled, in the end the journalists who suffer the most from Mr Trump’s Twitter storms are outside the US, Gideon writes. The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that the year 2017 set a new high for the number of journalists in prison around the world — with Turkey, China and Egypt named as “the world’s worst jailers” of journalists.

He warns that hard-won freedoms can be lost, even in places that have become used to press freedom.

Susan Wojcicki warns that the EU’s new copyright law sets online platforms an “impossible” task. The YouTube chief executive says that if it is adopted unchanged, it could lead her company to cut European viewers off from videos they watched 90bn times last month.

Robert Shrimsley argues that Jeremy Corbyn is facing his own Brexit moment of reckoning. The Labour leader evinces no real interest in the issue; instead his priority remains to destabilise a fragile government.

Courtney Weaver highlights how environmental disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, as well as persistent algae, are prompting some US citizens in key coastal districts to shift from voting Republican to pulling the lever for the Democrats.

David Folkerts-Landau writes that Europe must cut a grand bargain with Italy. The Deutsche Bank chief economist says that Brussels should accept that austerity is not the answer, while Rome needs to reform.

What you’ve been saying

Senior Democrats must get ready to step aside: letter from Dr Alexander P Anthopoulos, Phoenixville, PA, US

Rana Foroohar’s column was spot on and should be required reading for both traditional and progressive politicians within the US Democratic party. I would like to add that the current senior leadership of the party needs to spend the next two years grooming their younger successors and then stepping aside for the 2020 election, acting as elder statesmen mentors. I fear, however, that they will not do so graciously.

In response to “Do not assume the EU will give the UK time to rerun Brexit vote”, Duma and Chui says:

Let’s assume a British government request a second referendum. Then assume Remain wins. Some big assumptions bordering on fantasy, but think what happens next. Does anyone seriously believe there won’t then be demands for a 3rd referendum? Then a 4th? Meanwhile a new UKIP on steroids would emerge so that no Conservative or Labour government would ever get a majority.

Positive outcomes are pleasant to contemplate: letter from Chris Kniel, Orinda, CA, US

Thank you for your editorial “A good day for the US democratic system”. It is nice to see an editorial with solid recommendations that suggest positive political outcomes — even if we have to stretch our imaginations.

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Europe must cut a grand bargain with Italy
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Donald Trump and the global assault on press freedom
When the US president calls journalists ’enemies of the people’ it emboldens dictators

YouTube chief says EU copyright plan could lead to blocked access
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FT Alphaville: Global leverage, examined

Leaders are wise to listen before speaking out
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FT View

The FT View: The UK’s skills squeeze poses another Brexit dilemma
Government must balance immigration curbs with companies’ needs

The FT View: The German export machine is in need of an upgrade
Vulnerability to protectionism is a chance to rebalance the economy

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