Journalist Safety at the Border

Sources and Searches

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned when authorities target journalists at borders with additional inspections, search their devices, and delay or deny their entry. We continue to work alongside our partners in the ACOS Alliance to understand the scope of the problems. CPJ supports the rights of journalists to protect confidential information when submitting to customs and border control protocols worldwide, and is concerned about policies that would undermine this right. Over the past year, CPJ has led a coalition of groups to engage with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection on searches at borders and visa issues, and joined campaigns to oppose government proposals to collect social media passwords from foreign visitors. We are committed to documenting these cases while ensuring journalists have the information they need to safely and securely cross international borders.


If you have been stopped for extra screening, had your device searched, or experienced other obstacles entering or exiting the U.S., please fill out the form below, which will be shared with CPJ and Reporters Without Borders. You can also contact CPJ's North America Program Coordinator Alexandra Ellerbeck ([email protected]) to report concerns or seek advice. Reports can remain anonymous. To use encryption, Alexandra's PGP key's fingerprint is: 0xDA8553E69B6818BF



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