Journalist Safety at the Border

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 problem. CPJ supports the rights of journalists to protect confidential information when submitting to customs and border control protocols worldwide, and is concerned by policies that could undermine this right. 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; issued a report on why the U.S. border agency’s vast stop and search powers undermine press freedom; and joined campaigns to oppose government proposals to collect social media passwords from foreign visitors. We are committed to documenting these cases and ensuring that journalists have the information they need to safely and securely cross international borders.