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US congressional candidate in Montana charged with assaulting reporter

May 25, 2017 7:17 AM ET

May 25, 2017 -- The alleged assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs by a candidate competing in today's special congressional election in Montana sends an unacceptable signal that physical assault is an appropriate response to unwanted questioning by a journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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How US Espionage Act can be used against journalists covering leaks

May 20, 2017 8:30 AM ET

Earlier this week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly joked about Trump using a saber on the press and U.S. Senator Jim Risch told CNN the press should be questioning the Washington Post about its sources. Then, on May 16, The New York Times reported that President Donald...

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Journalist arrested in West Virginia while questioning cabinet official

May 10, 2017 11:16 AM ET

New York, May 10, 2017--The arrest of a journalist in the U.S. state of West Virginia while asking a question of Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price yesterday is an affront to press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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With press freedom under attack worldwide, US is setting wrong example

May 2, 2017 1:41 PM ET

For decades if not longer, repressive leaders around the world have defended restrictions on freedom of the press by citing examples of Western governments failing to live by their own professed standards....

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Noose left at U.S. newspaper's office door

April 28, 2017 12:20 PM ET

On April 21, 2017, someone left a noose on the doorstep of The Sacramento Valley Mirror, a semiweekly newspaper in Willows, California, newspaper staff told the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Fighting for the Truth

April 25, 2017 8:21 AM ET

Journalists have a huge amount of work to do By Christiane Amanpour Never in a million years did I expect to find myself appealing for the freedom and safety of American journalists at home. Despite the hostile rhetoric of the U.S. presidential campaign, I hoped that after becoming president-elect, Donald...

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Case in Point

April 25, 2017 8:07 AM ET

A journalist details one fight over records requests in the United States By Michael Pell In December 2010, Robin Gordon faced an ultimatum. She had found that a debt collection company had purchased a $291 tax lien on an apartment she owned in Atlanta, Georgia, after her mortgage company failed...

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Thwarting Freedom of Information

April 25, 2017 8:06 AM ET

Agencies exploit every loophole to evade disclosure requirements By Jason Leopold On December 13, 2016, I filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the FBI seeking a wide range of documents about a series of highly controversial decisions the bureau made in the weeks leading up to the U.S....

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What Is the Worst-Case Scenario?

April 25, 2017 8:05 AM ET

American journalists grapple with the Trump presidency By Alan Huffman The word "unprecedented" is often used to describe Donald Trump's antipathy toward the American media, as it is of many of his other approaches to governance....

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CPJ joins Fly Don't Spy campaign to protect journalists and their sources

April 18, 2017 5:40 PM ET

Over the past several months, the Committee to Protect Journalists has raised concerns over U.S. border agents' use of secondary searches of journalists and their devices at U.S. borders, and government proposals to require travelers to hand over social media account passwords as a condition of entry to the...

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