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Hundreds of reporters were attacked or arrested in the U.S. in 2020. For data, visit the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a partnership between CPJ and Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Read CPJ’s proposal to the Biden administration on restoring U.S. leadership in global press freedom.

  

U.S. PHOTOJOURNALIST AMONG WORLD TRADE CENTER DEAD

New York, September 20, 2001—An American free-lance news photographer is among the 233 confirmed dead in the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Several other media workers have been reported injured or missing. As of today, CNN reported, the confirmed death toll in the World Trade Center attacks stands at 233, with…

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Appendices to Syria Briefing

A. “Transparency Rests Firmly Upon Modernization which is Liberalization and Transparency Itself,” Al-Thawra, January 20, 2001.

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U.S. REPORTER JAILED FOR CONTEMPT

New York, August 7, 2001—In a letter sent today to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, CPJ called for the release of free-lance writer Vanessa Leggett, who has spent the last two weeks in a Texas jail after refusing to turn over research materials about a high-profile murder case to federal prosecutors. CPJ believes that no…

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United States: Reporter jailed for contempt

Dear Mr. Ashcroft: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is a New York­based, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that works to safeguard press freedom around the world. We are deeply concerned about the prolonged detention of journalist Vanessa Leggett on contempt of court charges. We view Leggett’s incarceration as a gross violation of press freedom.

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Attacks on the Press 2000: United States

SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1981, CPJ HAS, AS A MATTER OF STRATEGY and policy, concentrated on press freedom violations and attacks on journalists outside the United States. CPJ aims to concentrate its efforts on those countries where journalists are most in need of international support and protection. As a result, we do not systematically monitor…

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IPF Awards 2000 – Announcement

New York — The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) presented its International Press Freedom Awards for the year 2000 to four journalists–from Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malaysia, and Iran–for their courage and independence in reporting the news. These honorees endured jail, had their lives threatened and, in one case, survived a car-bomb attack,…

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CPJ concerned about second incident of police posing as journalists in hostage crisis

New York, June 15, 2000 — The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about a second incident in less than two weeks in which police commandeered a television news camera and posed as journalists to settle a hostage crisis. On Tuesday, June 13, police in Newark, New Jersey, seized a New Jersey Network (NJN)…

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NYC POLICE ATTACK REPORTER AT FUNERAL

Click here to read CPJ’s letter to Mayor Giuliani New York, March 28, 2000 — Journalist Errol Maitland of the radio station WBAI was attacked by members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) while covering the March 25 funeral of Patrick Dorismond, a Haitian-American who was fatally shot by an NYPD officer on March…

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United States: CPJ urges probe of NYC police attack on reporter Errol Maitland

Dear Mayor Giuliani, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is deeply troubled by reports that journalist Errol Maitland of the radio station WBAI was attacked by members of the New York Police Department (NYPD) while covering the March 25 funeral of Patrick Dorismond, a Haitian-American who was fatally shot by an NYPD officer on March 16.

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CPJ Dangerous Assignments: Profile in Courage

Zeljko Kopanja lost his legs for daring to suggest that some of his fellow Bosnian Serbs were guilty of war crimes.

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