UN SEES ALARM­ING TREND AGAINST FREE SPEECH

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3Nine­teen U.S. states have in­tro­duced bills that would curb free­dom of ex­pres­sion and the right to protest since Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion as pres­i­dent, an “alarm­ing and un­demo­cratic” trend, U.N. hu­man rights in­ves­ti­ga­tors said. Con­cerns for free speech in the United States have risen in part be­cause of the Repub­li­can Trump’s an­tag­o­nis­tic re­la­tions with prom­i­nent U.S. me­dia, which he has branded “the en­emy of the Amer­i­can peo­ple” as it has re­ported on pol­icy mis­steps and dys­func­tion in his ad­min­is­tra­tion. The push for stricter laws on ex­pres­sion has come as Trump’s lib­eral foes have pur­sued pub­lic protest against his poli­cies on is­sues rang­ing from im­mi­gra­tion to abor­tion and cli­mate change.

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