U.S. Press Freedom Tracker follows attacks on journalists

December 6, 2017 01:30

The RTDNA Voice of the First Amendment Task Force and nearly two dozen other journalism associations are partners in the nonpartisan U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, the definitive archive of press freedom abuses across the United States.
Have you encountered problems while trying to do your job?
Let us know. Information received by the Task Force on obstruction, threats, hostility, legal charges, assaults, arrests, and other forms of harassment is tracked at RTDNA.org/first and reported to the Press Freedom Tracker. Incidents may be reported by emailing pressfreedom@rtdna.org.

In recent months, journalists have been charged with crimes while covering protests in Washington D.C. and North Dakota; stopped at the border and subjected to searches of their electronic devices; and physically assaulted, in one case by a congressional candidate.

Data collected on the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker shows that 32 journalists have been arrested in the course of their work in 2017 and that at least 12 reporters are currently facing charges. In 2017 at least five journalists have been stopped at the border and 35 have faced physical attacks, according to the tracker.
The U.S. Press Freedom Tracker collects data based on news reports and tips submitted by journalists, professional organizations, and press freedom organizations. The coalition behind the tracker will use the research in letters, legal briefs, and advocacy campaigns.
The Freedom of the Press Foundation is leading the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, with its senior reporter, Peter Sterne, serving as the managing editor. The Committee to Protect Journalists is providing the initial funding and chairing the steering committee. Please find a full list of partners on the website.
RTDNA formed the Voice of the First Amendment Task Force to defend against threats to the First Amendment and news media access, and to bridge the divide between responsible journalists and those who don’t like, or don’t understand, the news media. People wishing to support RTDNA’s efforts may reach out to the task force by emailing pressfreedom@rtdna.org.