Trump threatens press freedom

A Donald Trump presidency would represent a threat to press freedom in the U.S. and have serious consequences for the rights of journalists globally, CPJ's board of directors says in an unprecedented statement. Noting that CPJ is not taking sides in the U.S. election, board chairman Sandra Mims Rowe lists how Trump's words and actions on the campaign trail betray the First Amendment. The presidential candidate vilifies the press, refuses to condemn attacks on journalists by his supporters, and makes vague proposals to limit press freedom.


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U.S. documentary filmmakers face prison for filming protest

A March 14, 2014, file photo shows a warning sign outside facility of the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline in Steele City, Nebraska. (Reuters/Lane Hickenbottom)

New York, October 20, 2016--Prosecutors in the U.S. states of North Dakota and Washington should drop all charges against three independent documentary filmmakers arrested while filming environmental activists interfering with oil pipelines, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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North Dakota court to review rioting charge against Amy Goodman

Journalist Amy Goodman, pictured at an event in 2012, is facing a charge of rioting after covering protests in September. (AFP/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

New York, October 17, 2016--A U.S. court is due today to review a charge of rioting filed against broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, who filmed security guards using dogs and pepper spray to disperse protesters on September 3. The charge against the host of global news program Democracy Now! was filed October 14 by North Dakota attorney Ladd Erickson, according to reports. An earlier charge of criminal trespassing was dropped, reports said.

Statements   |   USA

CPJ chairman says Trump is threat to press freedom

Donald Trump speaks with reporters after the first presidential debate in September. Journalists are among the groups attacked by the Republican nominee during his campaign. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

New York, October 13, 2016--In an unprecedented step, the Committee to Protect Journalists today released a statement recognizing that a Donald Trump presidency would represent a threat to press freedom. In response to Trump's threats and vilification of the media during his campaign, the chairman of CPJ's board, Sandra Mims Rowe, issued the following statement on behalf of the organization:

Guaranteeing the free flow of information to citizens through a robust, independent press is essential to American democracy. For more than 200 years this founding principle has protected journalists in the United States and inspired those around the world, including brave journalists facing violence, censorship, and government repression.

Alerts   |   USA

Arrest warrant for muckraking U.S. journalist

Roughly 1000 people gather to protest the construction of a pipeline near land reserved for Native Americans in the U.S. state of North Dakota, September 10, 2016. Authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of broadcast journalist Amy Goodman on trespassing charges in connection with her coverage of the protest. (AP/James MacPherson)

New York, September 12, 2016 -- Prosecutors in the U.S. state of North Dakota should immediately drop all criminal charges against broadcast journalist Amy Goodman, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Goodman, who hosts the global news program Democracy Now!, faces criminal trespass charges in connection with her reporting on protests against the construction of an oil pipeline opposed by Native American tribes in the region.

Alerts   |   Turkey, USA

Freelance journalist Lindsey Snell detained in Turkey after leaving Syria

New York, September 1, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Turkish authorities today to release Lindsey Snell, an American freelance journalist who has been detained since August 7 after traveling to Turkey from Syria, where she said she had been filming.

Alerts   |   Security, USA

Pentagon's revised Law of War Manual recognizes role of independent journalists

Washington, July 22, 2016--The Pentagon no longer considers journalists operating independently of U.S. military forces as potential spies, terrorists, or saboteurs, according to U.S. military officials who have rewritten the military's Law of War Manual.

Blog   |   USA

CPJ testimony on threats to press freedom at Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Today, at a hearing before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, CPJ Advocacy Director Courtney C. Radsch gave testimony on the threats to freedom of expression.

July 14, 2016 3:38 PM ET


Blog   |   Security, USA

Be prepared: steps to staying safe while covering US political party conventions

A confrontation outside a Trump rally in San Diego in May. Journalists covering the Republican and Democratic conventions are advised to take security precautions. (AP/Lenny Ignelzi)

The U.S. political party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia this summer carry the risk of civil unrest. While protests have long occurred both inside and outside of convention venues, security experts and political commentators have said this year's gatherings have the potential for unrest not seen since in the U.S. since the Vietnam war-era clashes in Chicago during the Democratic Party convention in 1968

July 12, 2016 11:21 AM ET


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Georgia journalist arrested over open records request related to court

New York, July 6, 2016--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on prosecutors today to drop all charges against Mark Thomason, the publisher of local weekly newspaper Fannin Focus, in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Thomason, who was arrested June 24, faces felony charges including making a false statement in an open records request.

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Journalist Jay Torres murdered in Garland, Texas

Freelance journalist Jay Torres, whose body was found on June 13, had contributed to La Estrella for nearly 20 years. (Rebecca Aguilar)

New York, June 16, 2016--The Committee to Protect journalists is alarmed by the killing of Texas journalist Jacinto Hernández Torres, whose body was found on Monday night in Garland, a northeast suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The journalist, who went by the name Jay Torres, was a freelance contributor for nearly 20 years to La Estrella, the Spanish-language publication of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He also worked in real estate.

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