The United States is the third deadliest country for journalists in 2018, after Afghanistan and Syria, in the wake of the Capital Gazette shooting in Maryland. According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, dozens of journalists have been attacked, while at least three have been arrested this year. An international delegation of press freedom groups found journalists face a range of threats and press freedom in Midwestern states has worsened in recent years. President Trump did not cause these problems, but his hostile rhetoric is having a terrible influence on press freedom around the world. Hundreds of U.S. newspapers are reminding readers of the value of America's free press.
CPJ writes to EU's Mogherini to request assistance with the protection of scores of journalists who remain in southern Syria at grave risk. The more than 60 journalists are in danger of arrest and torture because of their work.