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PEN talks to Elif Shafak, recently acquitted of charges of “insulting Turkishness” in Turkey. Under Turkey’s laws, at least eighteen other authors are awaiting trial for “insult.” Also at PEN: a petition expressing concern of the climate of press freedom in the US.

CJR Daily looks into the HP affair. The HP CEO allowed the “sting” of a reporter, says The Washington Post. I know I’ll never be buying another HP printer again.

New drive for media shield laws.

The Book Depository has a short list of interesting publisher blogs.

Oprah, you have competition. Too bad Chavez’s people don’t have free speech.

The New Criterion has a conversation with the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lev Grossman wishes we would leave book reviewing to the pros.