What’s Current: JK Rowling joins over 150 public figures warning against free speech ‘intolerance’ in open letter

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  • Over 150 writers, academics, and activists sign a controversial open letter denouncing the “restriction of debate,” warning that the spread of “censoriousness” is leading to “an intolerance of opposing views.”
  • Anti-human trafficking organizations in Kenya say more needs to be done to protect children from exploitation at the hands of sex tourists, as the country reports a rising number of abuse cases.
  • A study shows half of girls in Africa and Asia are at risk of never returning to school in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, warning that families may prioritize forced marriage or child labour over their daughters’ education.
  • The Oregon Court of Appeals rules in favor of allowing individuals to change their legal sex marker to non-binary. 
  • Canadian fashion designer Peter Nygard is asking a New York court to dismiss the claims of 52 out of 57 plaintiffs who filed a class-action lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted them.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.