Journalists watch as Marine One, with President Donald Trump on board, lifts off from the White House in March 2018. An already hostile environment for the U.S. press has worsened since Trump came to power. (AP/Susan Walsh)

Joint report on press freedom in US details worsening media environment

May 3, 2018 12:00 AM ET

Journalists and news organizations in the U.S. face a range of intensifying challenges that threaten their right to freedom of the press, according to a report launched today by international press freedom and free expression advocacy groups to mark World Press Freedom Day.

The report is based on the unprecedented press freedom mission to the U.S. that took place in January, which was organized by CPJ and IFEX, and included ARTICLE 19, Index on Censorship, International Press Institute, and Reporters Without Borders.

It shows that an already hostile environment has worsened since the inauguration of President Donald Trump in January 2017, with government officials refusing interviews, denigrating the press, and obstructing access to information.

A press release on the report can be read here. The full report can be read here.

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